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Cell Phone Safety

March 16, 2001 • Volume 11, Issue 10
Do they cause cancer and car accidents?
By Sarah Glazer

Introduction

More than 111 million Americans now use cell phones -- and 46,000 new customers sign up every day. (Photo Credit: AP Photos/Susan Ragan)
More than 111 million Americans now use cell phones -- and 46,000 new customers sign up every day. (Photo Credit: AP Photos/Susan Ragan)

Cell phones have burst onto the scene, threatening to take over our lives. They also pose troubling health issues. Most of the nation's 111 million cell phone subscribers use phones in their cars. At least nine local jurisdictions bar handheld phones while driving, and dozens of states are considering bans. But the industry says cell phones are no more dangerous than car radios and that the increased productivity and usefulness in emergencies outweigh the safety costs. There is also persistent concern over whether prolonged cell phone use causes cancer, genetic damage and other serious health problems. Recent studies found cell phone users had no higher risk of brain cancer than non-users, but some scientists suggest it could take 20 years or more for those cancers to be detected.

ISSUE TRACKER for Related Reports
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Oct. 12, 2012  Social Media and Politics
Mar. 16, 2001  Cell Phone Safety
Apr. 23, 1999  The Future of Telecommunications
Dec. 04, 1987  Broadcasting Deregulation
Dec. 16, 1983  Breaking Up AT&T
Feb. 04, 1983  Telecommunications in the Eighties
Sep. 27, 1961  Space Communications
Feb. 16, 1949  Telephone Monopoly
Mar. 23, 1944  Freedom of Communications
Feb. 15, 1930  Communications: Unification and Regulation
BROWSE RELATED TOPICS:
Cancer
Motor Traffic Safety
Telecommunications and Wireless Technologies
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