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By Leslie Cauley
Some cellphones emit several times more radiation than
others, the Environmental Working Group found in one of the
most exhaustive studies of its kind.
The government watchdog group today releases a list ranking
cellphones in terms of radiation. The free listing of more
than 1,000 devices can be viewed at www.ewg.org.
Concerns about radiation and cellphones have swirled for
years. Scientific evidence to date has not been able to make
a hard link between cancer and cellphones. But recent
studies "are showing increased risk for brain and mouth
tumors for people who have used cellphones for at least 10
years," says Jane Houlihan, senior vice president of
research at the Washington-based group.
CTIA, the wireless industry lobbying association, disagrees.
In a statement it noted that "scientific evidence has
overwhelmingly indicated that wireless devices do not pose"
a health hazard.
That's why the American Cancer Society, World Health
Organization and Food and Drug Administration, among others,
"all have concurred that wireless devices are not a public
health risk," the CTIA statement says.
Houlihan acknowledges that "the verdict is still out" on
whether cellphones can be linked directly to cancer.
"But there's enough concern that the governments of six
countries" — including France, Germany and Israel — "have
issued limits of usage of cellphones, particularly for
Houlihan says her group is "advising people to choose a
phone that falls on the lower end of the (radiation)
spectrum" to minimize potential health problems. The Samsung
Impression has the lowest: 0.35 watts per kilogram, a
measure of how much radiation is absorbed into the brain
when the phone is held to the ear.
The highest: T-Mobile's MyTouch 3G, Motorola Moto VU204 and
Kyocera Jax S1300, all at 1.55 W/kg.
The Apple iPhone, sold exclusively by AT&T in the USA, is in
the middle of the pack at 1.19 W/kg.
The Federal Communications Commission, which sets standards
for cellphone radiation, requires that all devices be rated
at 1.6 W/kg or lower.
The Environmental Working Group says the FCC's standard is
outmoded, noting that it was established 17 years ago, when
cellphones and wireless usage patterns were much different.
The group wants the government to take a "fresh look" at
The FCC currently doesn't require handset makers to divulge
radiation levels. As a result, radiation rankings for dozens
of devices, including the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230 and
Motorola KRZR, aren't on the group's list.
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