2nd March 2012The Israeli Knesset has just backed a bill requiring all mobile phones to carry a health warning. The labels will state 'Warning - the Health Ministry cautions that heavy use and carrying the device next to the body may increase the risk of cancer, especially among children.' The bill also requires all advertisements of mobile phones to state the same warning. All advertising targeting minors would be banned under the law, and breaking the law would be a criminal offence.
Although there is still no scientific consensus about the level of risk associated with mobile phone use, there is increasing concern for the health of our children as the use by them is increasing almost exponentially and they are much more vulnerable to the radiation the phones produce.
One of the bill's sponsors, Dov Khenin of Hadash, says
"People need to be more careful in their use of cellphones, he said, and especially, they must protect children."
All purchases for children have to be made by adults, as children are not old enough to enter into a legal purchase agreement. We hope that the new label will give caring adults pause for thought before submitting to the requests of their children/grandchildren. The phones do not make them safer. The Metropolitan Police say as many as 10,000 mobile phones are stolen every month. Two thirds of the victims are aged between 13 and 16. The research shows that children under 15 are the most common targets with up to half a million young people aged between 11 and 15 falling victim to phone theft. Younger children are often targeted by those whose phones have been stolen.
Parents and other adults buying phones for children need to examine their motive for doing so carefully.
If we really care, do we want to expose our children to:
- the potential of being a street crime victim
- developing a brain tumour or other form of cancer
- reducing their possibility of having their own children (see our article on EMFs and reproduction)
- developing early dementia (associated by scientists with phone use)
The Israeli Knesset join the increasing ranks of scientists, politicians and people like you and me not to mention organisations in America, Australia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Norway and Denmark, Russia, Thailand and Bangladesh that believe precuationary action must be taken NOW, rather than waiting for the bodies to fall.