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Mobile Users are Advised to Keep Their Calls Short
Evening Times London, April 30, 2004
ADULTS are being warned to restrict the use of
mobile phones to essential and short calls.
new health warning comes from NHS Greater Glasgow and Glasgow City
Council and goes further than previous government guidelines. Experts
compiled the leaflet entitled Mobile Phone Technology and Health after
being contacted by members of the public concerned about emissions from
phones and masts.
advises people to restrict their mobile phone calls to essential and
short calls only and use a hands-free kit.
40 million mobiles are in use across the UK.
at NHS Greater Glasgow's public health department, who produced the
leaflet, said mobile phones were "a far greater source of microwave
radiation" than exposure to masts. But a report from government
scientists earlier this year said there was no evidence that either
mobile phones or transmission masts were harmful to health.
government advice recommends mobile phone use should be restricted for
children under 16.
spokeswoman for NHS Greater Glasgow said: "We receive calls from people
concerned about mobile phone masts and mobile phones so we decided to
put a leaflet together which could be distributed in partnership with
our six local authorities.
is a very complex issue with a lot of different reports and this
leaflet aims to provide the public with the best information
Martin Whild, assistant information officer for the National
Radiological Protection Board which advises both the public and
government on the risks of radiation, said: "I am not aware of any
advice which suggests adults should limit their mobile phone calls.
advice has been issued to children because absorption of radiation is
more effective because they are smaller, they are still developing and
are using this type of technology from a very young age so the exposure
will be much longer.
regards the advice that hands-free kits
be used, there are conflicting results. Some studies suggest that
radiation exposure, if it exists, could actually be higher because the
ear piece is closer to the brain.
on the use of hands-free kits is being revised and national guidelines
are due to be published later this year."
leaflet will to go to Glasgow City Council's environmental protection
services committee for approval tomorrow.
from the Mobile Operators Association, which represents the interests
of the industry, was available for comment.
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