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UK alert on child mobile phone use
Posted: 12-May-2000 [Source: FT]

[A UK 12-member panel concludes that there is "no health risk to the general population" with mobile phone use, but urges caution with children.]

London -- "The British government on Thursday raised the spectre of imposing unprecedented restrictions on the country's mobile phone operators over health fears raised by a panel of experts.

"The government urged operators to stop marketing mobile phones to children and said they should not locate aerial masts close to schools. It also asked the industry to contribute half the costs of a comprehensive study of the potential health dangers.

"The report of the 12-member group, which was chaired by Sir William Stewart, a former government chief scientist, concluded that there was no health risk to the general population but warned that children should avoid "non-essential" calls.

"It said there was convincing evidence that microwave radiation from mobile phones had some biological effect on users' brains, though no proof that it did any harm.

"If there were any adverse effects, children would be most vulnerable, the scientists said, because their brains are still developing, their skulls are thinner and they face a longer lifetime of exposure.

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