AUGUSTA — A bill that would make Maine the first state to require cell phones to carry warnings that they can cause brain cancer goes before a legislative committee for a hearing.

The Health and Human Services Committee takes up Rep. Andrea Boland’s bill this afternoon.

The Sanford Democrat says numerous studies point to the cancer risk. But there’s no consensus among scientists that that’s true and industry leaders dispute the claim.

Boland’s bill would require manufacturers to put labels on phones and packaging warning of the potential for brain cancer associated with electromagnetic radiation. The warnings would recommend that users, especially children and pregnant women, keep the devices away from their head and body.

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