Belguim bans and France limits children’s cell phone use

Beginning in March, 2014, children’s mobile phones will be banned in Belguim.
In addition, the specific absorption rate (SAR) must be listed on every mobile phone at the point of sale and a warning provided to customers to choose a lower SAR phone, use it moderately, and wear an earpiece.

In addition, this month the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health, announced that based on research on the risks related to exposure to radiofrequency radiation, the group recommends limiting the population’s exposure to radiofrequencies – in particular from mobile phones – especially for children and intensive users, and controlling the overall exposure that results from relay antennas.

The new regulations by the Belgian government are in response to the International Agency for Research on Cancer’s (IARC) declaration that radio frequency radiation is “possibly carcinogenic” based upon research that finds increased risk of brain cancer due to intensive use of a mobile phone.

Since the IARC declared that cell phone radiation is “possibly carcinogenic” in May, 2011, more evidence of brain cancer risk has been published in the peer-reviewed, scientific literature.
The latest study by Lennart Hardell and colleagues in Sweden finds a three-fold increased risk of brain cancer after 25 years of cell phone and cordless phone use.

Nancy Alderman, President, Environment and Human Health, Inc. in Connecticut notes that the American public needs to learn about the risks of using wireless devices and how to use them safely; otherwise, we may face a major public health crisis in the ensuing decades with the proliferation of these devices in our society.

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Eileen FitzGerald