Mobile firms hit back over safety

Mobile firms hit back over safety
Jon Mainwaring Mobile phone operators are defending vehemently the safety of mobile phones, after accusations from scientists around the world that they cause cancer. In January, EW reported that scientists in the UK and Australia were concerned about the effects on health of mobile phones. But now, the Federation of Communications Services (FCS), which represents all four UK mobile phone operators, has hit back. Jonathan Clark, chairman of the FCS, pointed out that there had been no real evidence produced that mobile phones are harmful. He suggested that scientists were creating an issue so that they could secure funding for the research bodies they represent. “Some of these guys are looking for the rewards of their research,” he said. “When I’ve looked at the papers they have produced, I’ve seen enormous power and frequency levels [compared with those produced by mobile phones] being used.” Clark also made the point that mobile radio has been in use in the UK since the 1950s, and that the heating effects from older devices were far greater than that produced from today’s devices. “Policemen used to walk around with walkie-talkies giving a power output of over 25W,” he said. But Roger Coghill, of Coghill Research Labs, countered Clark’s views saying that US policemen have complained of headaches after using mobile police radio for long periods. US policemen have also won court cases after it was established microwaves from radar guns sitting in their laps had caused them to develop testicular cancer. “Testicular cancer among police radar officers was about 100 times the normal level,” he said.


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