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Are Tech Device Companies Destined for the Same Class Action Hell as Big Tobacco?

05/17/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Last night I was watching Apple's (AAPL) slick promo video for the iPad. That thing is so sexy, I reached for my wallet. Then, while watching a scene with the iPad nestled in a user's crotch, a little voice in my head asked, "Wait a minute. How much radiation does that thing emit?"

In one Tim Burton-esque moment I envisioned my entire generation plagued by cancer of the crotch, thighs, fingers, and palms. Then I thought of cell phones and envisioned another 3D horror flick starring Gen X & Y zombies with head tumors and other crazy facial distortions.

Wallet closed.

"Maybe I should do some more research," I thought.

After a few Google (GOOG) searches I couldn't find the exact radiation emissions for the iPad. However, I did repeatedly come across a cell phone radiation test which was buzzing in the blogosphere the past few weeks. Now my imagination surfed from Night of the Living Dead to class action lawsuits.

For centuries, tobacco smokers ignored the common sense dangers of sucking black smoke into lungs which need clean air. The buzz and addiction was simply worth the cost. Is the same true for our obsession with high tech? Are we ignoring a fairly common sense fate (i.e., exposing organic matter to radiation over a long period of time causes irregular cell growth -- AKA cancer) because we simply can't live without the conveniences of technology?

I am almost 100% sure that in 30 plus years we will see results of first and second generation blue tooth ear buds, PDAs, and laptops. However, will we blame the tech companies and ultimately sentence them to death by 1,000 paper pushers (i.e., lawyers)? Or, will we smile as we watch one more holographic virtual reality showing of our digital memories? Let us know what you think in the comments section below ...