AUGUSTA — A bill that sought to require cancer warnings on cell phones has been killed by the Maine Senate.

The Senate’s action came today, a day after the House took similar action.

The bill sought to require warnings on mobile phones and their packaging that electromagnetic radiation from the devices can cause brain cancer, especially in children. With the industry and Gov. John Baldacci opposed, the bill was scaled back in committee.

The amended version directed state health officials to encourage the wireless telecommunications industry to inform cell phone customers about the current scientific information on potential health effects related to radio frequency emissions by cell phones.

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