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Cellphone Radiation Guidelines Issued by California

Cellphone Radiation Guidelines Issued by California


By    |   Tuesday, 19 December 2017 08:39 AM

Cellphone radiation guidelines were issued by the California Department of Public Health last week to protect consumers, despite the nation's leading health agency saying that the science is not yet in on the device's danger.

California officials said in a statement that the guidelines were issued to help individuals and families who wanted to proactively decrease their exposure to the radio frequency energy emitted from cellphones. State health officials said some studies suggested that long-term, high use of the phones could impact human health.

The guidelines include:

  • Keeping the phone away from the body
  • Reducing cellphone use when the signal is weak
  • Reducing the use of cellphones to stream audio or video, or to download or upload large files
  • Keeping the phone away from the bed at night
  • Removing headsets when not on a call
  • Avoiding products that claim to block radio frequency energy. These products may actually increase your exposure.

"Although the science is still evolving, there are concerns among some public health professionals and members of the public regarding long-term, high use exposure to the energy emitted by cellphones," California State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith said in a statement. "We know that simple steps, such as not keeping your phone in your pocket and moving it away from your bed at night, can help reduce exposure for both children and adults."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, though, wrote that there is simply no hard proof yet that cellphones are a danger.

"At this time we do not have the science to link health problems to cellphone use," the CDC said on its website. "Scientific studies are underway to determine whether cellphone use may cause health effects. It is also important to consider the benefits of cellphones. Their use can be valuable in an urgent or emergency situation – and even save lives."

The Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association, or CTIA, is challenging an ordinance approved by the city of Berkeley, California, earlier this year that requires cellphone stores to post a warning to alert customers about possible radiation exposure from mobile devices, KCRA-TV reported earlier this year.

"We are challenging the city of Berkeley's disclosure ordinance because it violates the First Amendment and contradicts binding court decisions," CTIA said in a statement to KCRA-TV. "In fact, the federal appeals court in California previously invalidated a very similar cellphone ordinance in San Francisco. The scientific evidence refutes Berkeley's ill-informed and misleading mandatory warnings about cellphones, according to the FCC and other experts."

Berkeley councilman Kriss Worthington argued to the television station that CTIA's position is a stretch.

"We're just saying let's take the information that's buried in your cellphone and buried in the manual, and put it where someone might have a chance to read it," Worthington told KCRA-TV.

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