Some of the federal government's own scientists say that it's not doing enough to determine whether cell phones pose a health risk.
"Cell phones are everywhereglued to ears, in children's backpacks, even replacing landlines in millions of homes. Yet the federal government's oversight of cell-phone safetyin particular, the potential health risks of long-term useis at best informal and at worst slipshod.
The Federal Communications Commission first issued standards for cell-phone safety in 1996 and has not updated them since. Written in the midst of the wildly successful spectrum auction that established the infrastructure for the wireless industry, the standards restrict the level of radiation to prevent it from burning tissue in phone users' bodies. They do not address the chronic effectsif anyof cell-phone use."