Cell Phones Worse Than Smoking, Study Says

Neurosurgeon warns that handsets double brain tumor risk
By Caroline Zimmerman,  Newser User
Posted Mar 30, 2008 3:46 PM CDT
A mobile 6210 navigator by Nokia is displayed at the World Mobile Congress, in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008.    (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Cell phones may cause more deaths than smoking or asbestos, warns a new study in which an Australian neurosurgeon found that a decade of cell use can double brain tumor risk—an effect that he says will show in coming years. "We are currently experiencing a reactively unchecked and dangerous situation," Vini Khurana said.

He dismisses earlier studies that deem mobiles safe, saying cancers take 10 years to grow. But the Mobile Operators Association has brushed off Khurana's work as "a selective discussion of scientific literature by one individual." Nevertheless, European governments have already told people to cut down on cell use and keep phones away from kids, the Independent reports.