EWG has compiled the guide, based on technical data provided by manufacturers, to fill the information gap left by the U.S. government’s failure to require cell phone makers and vendors to disclose emissions levels on labels or in-store advertising displays.
Better consumer information is vital. Recent scientific studies have produced evidence linking brain and salivary gland tumors to cell phone use. The state of the science, while far from definitive, is provocative and troubling and requires more research.
Public health officials’ concerns about the possible dangers of radiofrequency emissions are intensifying as wireless devices proliferate.
According to the CTIA Wireless Association, an international industry group, U.S. wireless subscribers numbered 270.3 million — 87 percent of Americans — as of December 2008, a 30 percent jump in three years. Some 60 percent of the global population — 4 billion people — subscribe to wireless services, according to Cellular News, an online global industry news outlet.
Health agencies in six nations — Switzerland, Germany, Israel, France, the United Kingdom, and Finland — have issued warnings to limit cell phone use, particularly by children, whose softer, thinner skulls are less able to shield the brain from radiation.
Scientists have found that children’s brains absorb twice as much cell phone radiation as those of adults.
EWG’s analysis of possible public health risks of cell phone radiation culminates a 10-month investigation of more than 200 peer-reviewed studies, government advisories and industry documents.
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