Are Cell Phones Safe? Research on Radiation and Driving Risks at New ProCon.org Website

September 28, 2009

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Sept. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — ProCon.org, a nonpartisan 501(c)3 nonprofit public charity dedicated to promoting critical thinking, created the new website http://cellphones.procon.org to explore the core question “Are cell phones safe?”

In 2008, the $148.1 billion wireless industry had over 270 million subscribers in the U.S. (87% of the population) who used over 2.2 trillion minutes of call time.

The radiation levels in cell phones, known as radio frequency (RF) radiation, are regulated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Although the FCC and many other U.S. government agencies consider cell phones to be safe when used properly, there is an accumulating amount of scientific research showing that cell phone use may cause cancer, disrupt pacemakers, decrease fertility, damage DNA, and increase the risk of traffic accidents.

According to the FCC and other government agencies, the majority of scientific studies indicate that there are no adverse health effects from cell phone use. Some scientific studies have pointed out that claims of cell phone dangers, such as cancer and driving risks, are exaggerated or based on faulty research.

ProCon.org has researched pro and con arguments, facts, and studies about cell phone safety. The findings should help readers think critically, educate themselves, and make informed decisions on cell phone use.

Did You Know?

  • Cordless home phones, microwaves, television, radio, laptops, and palm held computers all produce radiofrequency (RF) radiation, the same type of radiation that is produced by cell phones.
  • Cell phone radiation can penetrate 4 – 6 cm (1.6 – 2.4 inches) into the human brain.
  • According to researchers at the University of Utah, people who drive while talking on their cell phones are as impaired as drunk drivers with a blood alcohol level of 0.08%.

Learn more at http://cellphones.procon.org

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ProCon.org is a 501(c)3 nonprofit public charity whose mission is promoting critical thinking, education, and informed citizenship.

Information is presented on 23 different ProCon.org issue websites in subjects ranging from health care and medical marijuana to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and illegal immigration.

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