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Cell Phones

Could long-term exposure to cell phone radiation cause harm? The jury is still out, so EWG brings you the latest on the science, regulatory action and tips to reduce exposure.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

EWG submits comments on the peer review of the National Toxicology Program's draft technical reports on cellphone radio-frequency radiation.

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Testimonies & Official Correspondence
Thursday, March 22, 2018

Laboratory animals exposed to cellphone radiation developed heart and brain tumors similar to the types seen in some studies of human cellphone users, according to an Italian study published today

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News Release
Monday, March 12, 2018

EWG submits comments on the National Toxicology Program's draft technical reports on cellphone radio-frequency radiation. EWG finds that these studies are relevant to human health, and increase the level of concern for the cancer-causing effects of cellphone radiation and the potential impact of this radiation on children’s health. 

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Testimonies & Official Correspondence
Friday, February 2, 2018

Data from the largest-ever study of cellphone radiation effects, released today by the federal National Toxicology Program, confirms evidence that cellphone radiation increases the risk of cancer in humans and may harm children’s health.

 
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News Release
Friday, December 15, 2017

EWG's News Roundup (12/15): Here’s some news you can use going into the weekend.

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News and Analysis
Article
Friday, December 15, 2017

This week, California officially issued groundbreaking guidelines advising cell phone users to keep phones away from their bodies and limit use when reception is weak.

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News and Analysis
Article
Thursday, August 31, 2017

The cellphone industry is pushing laws to take away local governments’ rights to decide whether or where to allow facilities for high-speed wireless networks that use a technology whose health effects have not been studied.

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News and Analysis
Article
Wednesday, May 3, 2017

In April, the city of Berkeley, Calif., won a major decision in a federal appeals court, allowing the city to go forward with its ordinance requiring cellphone retailers to provide consumers with information about safe cellphone use. The court denied a request by the the mobile phone industry's lobby, CTIA-The Wireless Association, which had fought the city’s attempts to educate its citizens.

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News and Analysis
Article
Monday, March 6, 2017

Under a court order, last week California public health officials released draft guidelines advising cell phone users to keep phones away from their bodies, use speaker phone and limit use.

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News and Analysis
Article
Thursday, June 23, 2016

You never leave home without it. You might even be holding it right now: your cell phone. But could this essential device be harming your health?

 

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News and Analysis
Article
Friday, May 27, 2016

The radiation emitted from wireless devices could cause brain cancer, according to a multi-year study from the federal National Toxicology Program. The results appear to confirm human evidence used by the World Health Organization that declared cell phone radiation a possible carcinogen.
 

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News Release
Tuesday, March 3, 2015

When I bought my first iPhone 3G, one of the first things I did was research the best (and cutest) cases on the market. Even though I had worked on the issues of cell phone radiation and transparency, it never crossed my mind that a case could affect my exposure.

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News and Analysis
Article
Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Most cell phone cases are so badly designed that they partially block the antenna, making the phone work harder to transmit a signal and intensifying the radiation that strikes the user’s head and body, a new Environmental Working Group analysis shows.

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News Release
Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Some 9 percent of Americans use smartphones. Many of them buy cases for their phones, hoping to protect their expensive devices from harm. But it’s the users who need better protection.

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Reports & Consumer Guides
Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Belgium recently adopted new cell phone regulations that bar mobile phone models designed for, and marketed to children ages 7 and younger.  Under Belgium’s new rules, slated to take effect next March, cell phone retailers will be required to disclose phones’ maximum emission levels, known as specific absorption rates, or SAR, at the point of sale.  Belgium becomes the latest in a rapidly lengthening list of nations to attempt to shield children from too much cell phone radiation and to inform everyone about the risks of exposure to these emissions. At least a dozen other nations have taken steps to protect children from cell phone radiation.

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News and Analysis
Article
Tuesday, November 12, 2013

In recent years, a series of studies have shown that a consumer’s choice of wireless carrier may be more important than the cell phone itself in determining how much radiation will reach the user, according to a new analysis by researchers at the Environmental Working Group.

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News Release
Tuesday, November 12, 2013

A series of studies quietly published over the last five years show that cell phone network technologies affect radiation exposure as much as the phone design itself.

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Reports & Consumer Guides
Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Citing the soaring number of wireless devices in the hands of children,
long-standing flaws in federal cell phone radiation standards and new
science raising questions about cell phone safety, 12 public health and
consumer groups are calling on the government to revamp the standards to
better protect both young people and adults.

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Testimonies & Official Correspondence
Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Citing the soaring number of wireless devices in the hands of children, long-standing flaws in federal cell phone radiation standards and new science raising questions about cell phone safety, 12 public health and consumer groups are calling on the government to revamp the standards to better protect both young people and adults.

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News Release
Monday, May 6, 2013

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors is expected to accept a settlement with the cell phone trade association tomorrow (Tuesday, May 7) to bring to an end a long legal battle over the city's groundbreaking right-to-know ordinance on cell phone radiation.

 

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