Phones: Good or Bad? Part 4
Life Bluetube Headset
Cell Phone Radiation Protection
Mobile Phone Radiation Protection
Despite the science still being inconclusive, making phone
SAR data easily accessible might behoove phone manufacturers
to aim for lower figures.
"Even if it's just a small set of the population that pays
attention to these SAR values, and I think there will be a
segment of population that does, it will provide the
economic motivation for industry to make cell phones with
lower SARs," said David Carpenter, director of the Institute
for Health and the Environment at the University of Albany.
The radiation in question is emitted by a phone's antenna as
it links up to a base tower, said EWG's Naidenko. She
suggested that many phone manufacturers could lower SARs by
engineering their devices with so-called directional
antennas, rather than antennas that also emit radiation
equally in all directions, including at a user's head.
On the consumer side, EWG has encouraged cell phone users to
text rather than talk, and to use Bluetooth or speakers to
limit their radiation exposure.
Despite its success in San Francisco, the EWG does not have
immediate plans to lobby for similar legislation in other
cities or states. A statewide initiative similar to that in
San Fran recently failed to pass the California state
legislature, and other efforts to include warning labels on
cell phones have thus far ailed elsewhere in states such as
It seems that there is no end in sight for the
cell-phones-causing-cancer debate — or legislative action
associated with it — so consumers can expect to hear a lot
more about cell phone SARs.
"We believe this is information that consumers are entitled
to know," Naidenko said. "If in ten years the [scientific]
answers come in and show a big increased health risk from
cell phones, we will ask why didn't we take precautionary
Low-Radiation Cell Phones:Good or Bad?
Cotonou (de facto capital)
Cary, North Carolina
Al Ghabah, United Arab Emirates, Al Ghabah, UAE