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June 1st, 2011
08:57 AM ET

What the WHO cell phone announcement means for you

(CNN) - Radiation from cell phones can possibly cause cancer, according to the World Health Organization. The agency now lists mobile phone use in the same "carcinogenic hazard" category as lead, engine exhaust and chloroform.

Though the cell phone industry denies the claims, the announcement is enough to make most cell phone users question the safety of their use.

Today, Michael K. Hansen, senior scientist with Consumers Union, publisher of Consumer Reports, joins American Morning's Ali Velshi, Kiran Chetry and Christine Romans to explain what these findings mean and talk about safe ways to use your cell phone.

Filed under: Cell phones • Health
soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. K Schaffer

    IF true... what is the difference between putting a cellphone (1-2 GHz range) and a Bluetooth hands-free earpiece (2 GHz) right against your ear? Has anybody compared the field strength of the two emitters?

    June 1, 2011 at 9:48 am |
  2. James

    Why do they keep going on about this... It has been known for YEARS what RF frequencies are bad for humans and which do not affect us at all. The word "radiation" often brings to mind radioactive materials and x-rays. However, radiofrequency EME does not behave like the radiation from radio active material or x-rays. Radiofrequency EME is transmitted by communications systems as radio waves – electromagnetic waves that have the capacity to transmit sound, music, speech, pictures and other data invisibly through the air. I.E. they are not dangerous to human beings, everything else around us may be, but EME is not...

    Oh and that was even put out by "WHO" in 2000.... Here is more:
    The World Health Organization (WHO) makes the distinction between different types of electromagnetic energy:

    "It is important not to confuse such RF fields with ionizing radiation, such as X-rays or gamma rays. Unlike ionizing radiation, RF fields cannot cause ionization or radioactivity in the body. Because of this, RF fields are called non-ionizing."

    WHO Fact Sheet: Electromagnetic Fields and Public Health – Mobile Telephones and their Base Stations, 2000

    SOUNDS LIKE A CONTRADICTION, DOESN'T IT? Probably new leadership that hasn't even read their own OLD reports on the subject...

    June 1, 2011 at 9:44 am |