Dangers of using mobile telephones

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Other Names:
Health hazards of cellular phones
Radiation from mobile antennas
Pollution by cell-phones

Cellular phones contain persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic chemicals; once pulverized in the landfill these can contaminate air and groundwater. In use they also produce radiation fields and microwaves which are associated with health disorders such as cancer, brain tumours and endocrine disruption.


According to a Canadian study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, talking on a cellular phone while driving is associated with a four-fold increase in the chance of having an accident. This is approximately the same risk as driving with a blood alcohol level at the legal limit.

An American study found that mobile phones held against the chest of people with pacemakers can interfere with their operation and disrupt the heart. Australian research showed that mice exposed to microwave pulses similar to those given off by mobile phones developed twice as many cancers as those which were not. Another line of research links incidence of brain tumours in humans with electromagnetic radiation fields produced by mobile telephone units.

A 1999 British study conducted by the University of Bristol claims that there appears to be a connection between temporary memory loss and use of cellular telephones supporting evidence that the use of cell phones can affect brain functions. The study was made on a group of volunteers who were exposed for 30 minutes to cellular telephone radiation and then underwent testing of memory and other brain functions. The ill effects were temporary and slight. The areas of the brain that were affected were those that deal with short-term memory, information processing, and heart and blood pressure function.

Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Date of last update
04.01.2021 – 09:14 CET