Monthly Archives: July 2008

Cell phones pose health risks: Toronto Public Health

Toronto Public Health recently issued a factsheet recommending that teens and young children limit their cell phone usage. (CBC news article)

The reason for the advisory is the growing evidence linking the radio frequency (RF) energy emitted by the devices to the development of brain tumours with prolonged exposure. WiFi antennas and devices raise similar concerns. To date, this is the only specific Canadian recommendation with regard to cell phone use by children.

This is a very controversial health topic, with Health Canada and the World Health Organization both weighing in on the “not all that harmful” side of the equation, neither recommending any specific precautions or exposure limits.

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