Potential Hazards of Cellular Phone Radiation: Responses to Fear and Uncertainty
Wisz, Jamie T.
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CitationPotential Hazards of Cellular Phone Radiation: Responses to Fear and Uncertainty (2002 Third Year Paper)
AbstractIn recent years, the public has become concerned that the electromagnetic radio-frequency radiation (â€œRF radiationâ€) emitted by cellular telephones may pose serious health risks, including the risk of cancer. There are over 110 million cell phone users in the United States and many of them may not know that cell phones actually send electromagnetic waves into the userâ€™s brain. Depending on how close the cell phone antenna is to oneâ€™s head, as much as sixty percent of the microwave radiation from the phone is absorbed by, and actually penetrates the head, possibly reaching as far as an inch-and-a-half into the brain. The problem is that it is still unknown whether or not this RF radiation from cellular phones actually causes any sort of damage to the user. This paper will explore many aspects of the issue of cellular phone radiation. The first section of the paper will explain what RF radiation is and provide an overview of the various scientific studies which have examined the effects of RF radiation on health. The second section of the paper will discuss and critique the regulatory responses by the FDA and the FCC in the midst of this scientific uncertainty. The third section of the paper will provide an overview of the judicial treatment of cell phone radiation issues by exploring some of the recent case law in this area. Finally, the last section of the paper will provide policy recommendations for how the FDA and FCC should be responding to this potential health crisis.
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