Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Has the Smart Phone Replaced the Cigarette?

To see recent research on addiction to smart phones, 
social media and internet gaming: http://bit.ly/addictionsaferemr.

Consumer cultivation?

Child advocates urge Facebook to end Messenger Kids

Hamza Shaban, Washington Post, Jan 30, 2018

"More than 100 child advocates, civil society groups, medical experts and other individuals are urging Facebook to discontinue its Messenger app for kids, alleging that the software poses health and development risks to children.

Organized by the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, nineteen groups, including Common Sense Media and Public Citizen, have signed a letter to Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg that will be sent on Tuesday. The initiative is the latest example of critics opposing early adoption of digital technology and is playing out amid a broader backlash against the rising influence of Silicon Valley.

The signatories said children are not prepared for online relationships and lack an understanding of privacy and the appropriateness of sharing texts, pictures and videos. Citing research that suggests a link between social media use and higher rates of depression among teens, the letter states it would be irresponsible for Facebook to expose preschool-aged children to a similar service. In addition, the signatories expressed concerns over boosting the screen time of young children and said this would interfere with crucial developmental skills such as reading human emotion, delaying gratification and engaging with the physical world."



December 11, 2017

Is the smart phone the cigarette of the 21st century?

Yesterday cigarette companies published the following notice in major newspapers in the U.S. as part of a year-long counter-advertising campaign to comply with a Federal court order. 

What if the courts decide some day that the smart phone is the 21st century cigarette -- might we see the following smart phone ad?

July 6, 2015

During the past year, I've done several reviews of papers submitted to journals that examined smartphone addiction among young adults. The studies were conducted in different countries. The wireless industry claims to have sold more than one billion smartphones last year. Thus smartphone addiction is quickly becoming a global public health issue.  

Now for some anecdotal observations ...  Yesterday, I observed student cell phone-related behavior while walking across the UC Berkeley campus to do a lecture on the health risks of cell phones. More than half of the students I passed were carrying or connected to a smart phone. Eighteen students carried the smart phone in their hand while they walked and were not using it. Eighteen students were wearing a wired headset connected to a device in their pants pocket. I could not tell whether or how they were using this device (which was likely a smart phone) as I kept walking. Finally, seven students were on a phone call holding their smart phone next to their ear.

While waiting outside a lecture hall for the prior class to leave, I observed many undergraduates browsing their smartphones to fill the time before their next class. As the lecture hall emptied out, many students pulled out their smartphones as soon as they exited the hall. 

If we rolled the clock back to 1960, what would I have observed walking across campus?  Would many of the students I described above been smoking cigarettes?  Have we substituted one addiction for an another? Has the smart phone replaced the cigarette?

BTW, I am proud to say that the UC Berkeley campus, along with the other UC campuses, has a tobacco-free policy. I did not observe any tobacco use on my trek across campus.

Joel M. Moskowitz, Ph.D., School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, March 5, 2015


To see recent research on addiction to smart phones, 
social media and internet gaming: http://bit.ly/addictionsaferemr

Donna Vickroy, Medical Xpress, Dec 27, 2017

Cellphone usage is the new smoking. It's time to follow France's example and stamp it out
Diane Francis, Financial Post, Dec 22, 2017

Phones in schools could be banned for public health reasons in France
Julia Glum, Newsweek, Dec 14, 2017  

Does smartphone addiction show up in teen’s brains?
Dennis Thomas, CBS News. Dec 4, 2017

Smartphone addiction could be changing your brain 
Sandee LaMotte, CNN, Dec 1, 2017

Hooked on your phone? 
Brit McCandless, CBS 60 Minutes, April 9, 2017

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

California’s Cell Phone Safety Guidance: 2017 vs 2009

January 4, 2018 (updated January 17, 2018)

In June, 2009, the Division of Environmental and Occupational Disease Control in the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) prepared a draft cell phone safety guidance document. Although the document reflected the consensus of the division, it was not released until May, 2017 pursuant to a court order--the outcome of a lawsuit filed under the California Public Records Act.

In December, 2017, the CDPH finally published their cellphone safety guidance document.

A side-by-side comparison of the contents of the original 2009 draft with the 2017 published version of the document appears below. The side-by-side can be downloaded at http://bit.ly/CDPHsidebyside.

For more information: 
Cell Phone Safety Guidance from the California Public Health Department 
California's Cell Phone Safety Guidance: Media Coverage

Thursday, January 4, 2018

California’s Cell Phone Safety Guidance: Media Coverage

December 23, 2017 update

To date more than 100 domestic and 130 foreign news stories have been published regarding the California Department of Public Health's cell phone radiation safety guidance. The safety warnings have received media coverage in 48 countries.

For more information about the cell phone safety document see my post, "Cell Phone Safety Guidance from the California Public Health Department."

Following are links to the news stories.

News Media Coverage
(Updated January 18, 2018)


The Dark Side of Wireless Technology
Conan Milner, Epoch Times, Jan 9, 2018

More data emerges about radiation risks and smartphones
Tim Sandle, Digital Journal, Jan 9, 2018

California Issues Warning on Cell Phone Radiation
Environment News Service, Jan 9, 2018

California Releases Cell Phone Radiation Reducing Guidelines
Blake Powers, KLUV (Dallas, TX), Jan 5, 2018
Russel Davis, Natural News, Jan 4, 2018

B.N. Frank, Activist Post, Jan 4, 2018

Boundaries for the Internet of Things: How to Control Our Connectedness
Daphne Stanford, Cultural Weekly, Jan 3, 2018

Tom Kisken, Ventura County Star (CA), Jan 2, 2018

How to Decrease Exposure to Your Smartphone's Radiation
Matt D'Angelo, Business News Daily, Jan 2, 2018

20 Odd Facts About the Smartphones in Our Pockets

Nina Zipkin, Entrepreneur, Jan 2, 2018

The Important Reason You Shouldn’t Sleep with Your Phone in the Bed
Brooke Nelson, Reader's Digest, Jan 1, 2018

A California public health report suggests that cellphone exposure is bad for us — but the scientific community isn't so sure
Stephen Schmidt, Public Radio International, Dec 31, 2017

Arianna Gael, File Hippo News, Dec 28, 2017

New guidance issued for avoiding cell phone radiation
Bob Segall, WTHR (Indianapolis, IN), Dec 26, 2017

California to mobile phone owners: use a headset to avoid radiation
Brittany A Roston, Slash Gear, Dec 26, 2017

Editorial: Smartphone users should minimize risk
San Francisco Chronicle Editorial Board, Dec 24, 2017 (print edition, Dec 26, 2017)

California takes a first step on cellphone health hazard
Trillions.biz, Dec 25, 2017

5 Bad Cell Phone Habits You Should Break
April M. Short, Salon, Dec 24, 2017

In Your Bag, Not Your Bra, Says California Cell Phone Advisory
Jean Yamamura, Santa Barbara Independent, Dec 23, 2017

Tips And Tricks To Reduce Your Risk Of Cancer From Cell Phone Radiation
Dennis Bedoya, Infosurhoy, Dec 23, 2017

Here’s Why You Should Never Sleep Near Your Mobile
Tech Caption, Dec 23, 2017

California says the only safe way to talk on your cell phone is to text
Zoe Schlanger, Quarz, Dec 22, 2017

How worried do we need to be about cell phone radiation?
Sean Franklin, WBIR (Knoxville, TN), Dec 22, 2017

Avoiding EMF radiation not as easy as quitting smoking
Caille Millner, San Francisco Chronicle, Dec 21, 2017
Suze Kaufman, Greatist, Dec 21, 2017

California is worried about cell phone radiation--should you be too?
Rachel Zoldan, WellandGood, Dec 21, 2017

Mike Peterson, iDrop News, Dec 20, 2017

California Releases Cell Phone Radiation Guidelines
WebMD News from HealthDay, undated

California Just Issued A Warning About Cell-Phone Radiation—How Worried Should You Be?
Korin Miller, Women's Health, Dec 19, 2017
Abby Hamlin, San Diego Union-Tribune, Dec 19, 2017

Tips for avoiding cellphone radiation

Laura Kelly, Washington Times, Dec 19, 2017

California Issues Health Guidelines For Cellphone Radiation, & Here's What Parents Should Know

Andrea Frazier, Romper, Dec 19, 2017

California Department of Public Health says your phone might be dangerous
Lenyon Whitaker, Metro, Dec 19, 2017

New warning links cell phones to health risks
Good Morning America / ABC News, Dec 18, 2017

Cell Phone Radiation May Be Dangerous, California Health Officials Warn
Ariel Scotti, New York Daily News, Dec 18, 2017

Public health officials are genuinely worried about cell phone radiation
Raquel Laneri, New York Post, Dec 18, 2017

California issues health guidelines on cell-phone use
Gabriel Bell, Salon, Dec 18, 2017

Kent German, c|net, Dec 18, 2017

California Warns That Cell Phone Radiation May Be Bad for Health—Here's What We Know
Stephen Jordan, Digital Trends, Dec 18, 2017

California warns of cell phone health risks
Stephanie Mlot, Geek, Dec 18, 2017

Cell phones should be kept away from the body warn California health officials
Dr. Ananya Mandel, News-Medical, Dec 18, 2017

Darren Sweeney, Fox 8 (Cleveland, OH), Dec 18, 2017

California Officials Warn Against Sleeping By Phone Due To Cell Tower Radiation
Denisse Moreno, International Business Times, Dec 16, 2017

California Warns About Cell Phone Exposure And Health Risks
Alice G. Walton, Forbes, Dec 16, 2017

California issues guidance on cell phones and health
Marketwatch, Dec 16, 2017

Keep your Smartphone at Arms Length, Health Officials Warn
Jane Gray, Epoch Times, Dec 16, 2017
RT, Dec 16, 2017

New Guidelines On Cell Phone Use To Reduce Exposure To Radio Frequency Energy

Harlem World Magazine, Dec 16, 2017

California: Here’s how to handle unfounded fears of cell phone cancer
Beth Mole, Ars Technica, Dec 16, 2017

Smartphone radiation dangers recognized
CBS Evening News (national news), Dec 15, 2017

Tracy Seipel and Tom Lochner, Mercury News (San Jose, CA), Dec 15, 2017

Sarah Buhr, Tech Crunch, Dec 15. 2017

Najja Parker, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Dec. 15, 2017

Danielle Venton and John Brooks, KQED (San Francisco, CA), Dec 15, 2017

Susie Steimle, CBS San Francisco, Dec 14, 2017
Ed Cara, Gizmodo, Dec 14, 2017

Charlie Nash, Breitbart News, Dec 14, 2017

Tom Lochner, East Bay Times, Dec 14, 2017

KGO-TV (San Francisco, CA), Dec 14, 2017

Courtney Kreider, KRCR-TV (Redding, CA), Dec 14, 2017

Miami Herald (Miami, FL), Dec 14, 2017

Suzanne Potter, Public News Service, Dec 14, 2017

Charlie Nash, Breitbart News, Dec 14, 2017

Natalie Brunell, KCRA -TV (Sacramento, CA), Dec 13, 2017
CBS Sacramento, Dec 13, 2017

Sammy Caiola, Capitol Public Radio (Sacramento, CA), Dec 13, 2017

Barbara Anderson, Fresno Bee, Dec 13, 2017

James W Jakobs, KFSN-TV (Fresno, CA), Dec 13, 2017


"State kept warnings on cell phones secret" (print version, pg. C-1, May 21, 2017)
Melody Gutierrez, San Francisco Chronicle, published online May 19, 2017

Cal-OSHA Reporter, 44(15):00-11745, Apr 21, 2017

Sammy Caiola, Sacramento Bee, Apr 6, 2017

Editorial, San Francisco Chronicle, Mar 3, 2017

California Health Officials release report on cell phone radiation
Nuala Sawyer, San Francisco Examiner, Mar 3, 2017

Scott Budman, NBC Bay Area, Mar 3, 2017
Scott Budman, NBC Southern California, Mar 3, 2017

Vicki Gonzalez, KCRA (NBC Sacramento), Mar 3, 2017

Jeff Gillan, KSNV (NBC Las Vegas), Mar 3, 2017

Lyanne Melendez, KGO-TV (ABC Bay Area), Mar 3, 2017

Gabe Slate, KRON, Mar 3, 2017

Inland News Today (Riverside, CA) , Mar 3, 2017

Is California Hiding the Risks of Cell Phone Use?
KABC Radio (Culver City, CA), Mar 3, 2017

Study Suggests Your Cell Phone is Actually Quite Dangerous
Scott Hendren, Newstalk 1290 (Wichita Falls, TX), Mar 3, 2017

"Warnings on cell phone use" (print version, front page, Mar 3, 2017)
Melody Gutierrez, San Francisco Chronicle, Mar 2, 2017

Hannah Albarazi, CBS San Francisco, Mar 2, 2017

Reynard Loki, Alternet, Feb 28, 2017

Julie Watts, CBS San Francisco, Feb 26, 2017 

Julie Watts, CBS San Francisco, Feb 24, 2017

First Amendment Project, Jun 16, 2016

The following radio stations reported news about this story: KABC (Culver City), KATD (Sacramento), KCBS (San Francisco), KIQI (San Francisco), KPFA (Berkeley), and KWFS (Wichita Falls, TX).





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