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Health advice on mobile phone telecommunications

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UK Chief Medical Officers and Public Health England (PHE), formerly the Health Protection agency (HPA), have advised to discourage the non-essential use of mobile phones by children.

This is a precautionary measure due to the lack of certainty in the scientific findings.

This advice was published in 2001 and confirmed by later reviews of evidence. PHE have concluded that there is no definite evidence that mobile phones or their associated base stations can cause health effects in the general population.

However, due to the gaps in scientific knowledge, PHE recommend that a precautionary approach be adopted for mobile phone use, particularly regarding the use of handsets by very young children. The handsets give the highest exposure to radiowaves because they are normally held close to the head. These exposures are far higher than those from phone masts.

Useful links

Public Health Wales - Environmental Health Protection (external link, English only) 

Public Health England (formerly HPA) – Mobile Phones (external link, English only) 

Mobile Phone Telecommunications Health Research Programme (MTHR) (external link, English only) 

OFCOM Sitefinder (external link, English only)