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California has issued caution on cell phone use

It’s official; the department of public health of California has issued caution on cell phone use.

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) recently issued new ground breaking guidelines for cell phone use. In the guidelines, users are advised to keep phones away from their bodies and to limit use when reception is weak.

The state health officials warn that radiation from long-term mobile phone use is linked to increased risk of brain cancer, lower sperm count and many other health problems.

Although the science is still evolving, there are concerns among some public health professionals and members of the public regarding long-term, high use exposure to the energy emitted by cell phones,” said CDPH Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith. “We know that simple steps, such as not keeping your phone in your pocket and moving it away from your bed at night, can help reduce exposure for both children and adults.”

In particular, children’s developing brains could be at a higher risk for health problems.

Children’s brains develop through the teenage years and may be more affected by cell phone use,” said Dr. Smith. “Parents should consider reducing the time their children use cell phones and encourage them to turn the devices off at night.”

The new guidelines include the following:

• Keeping the phone away from the body

• Reducing cell phone use when the signal is weak

• Reducing the use of cell phones to stream audio or video, or to download or upload large files

• Keeping the phone away from the bed at night

• Removing headsets when not on a call

• Avoiding products that claim to block radio frequency energy. These products may actually increase your exposure. 

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1. “It’s Official: California Issues Caution on Cell Phone Use.” EWG, Environmental Working Group, 15 Dec. 2017,

2. “CDPH Issues Guidelines on How to Reduce Exposure to Radio Frequency Energy from Cell Phones.” Office of Public Affairs, California Department Of Public Health, 13 Dec. 2017,
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