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Sentenced to inform about the health risks of mobile use

Italian authorities are doomed to inform the public about the health risks associated with mobile use. When will we get such information in Norway and the Nordic countries?


A Rome court has ruled that authorities are obliged to inform the public about the health risks associated with the use of mobile phones and other wireless telephones (such as wireless landlines, DECT), and how to reduce the risk, including by increasing the distance to the telephone in use. The judgment refers, among other things, to the "right to health", which is enshrined in the Italian Constitution.

The authorities chose not to appeal the court's decision, which has now entered into force. According to the judgment, the imposed public information campaign on health risk and precautionary recommendations when using mobile phones and wireless telephony must start by 16. July.

Initiating campaign

In a joint press release, the three Italian Ministers for Health, the Environment and Research / Education write that they approve the decision, and that they recognize the need to increase the knowledge of the population and to promote preventive measures. They emphasize that the three ministries have started a collaboration to follow up on the order to prepare a campaign on how to use mobile phones "correctly".

Incorrect use of mobile and cordless phones can adversely affect human health.

Experienced Swedish cancer researcher Lennart Hardell, formerly a consultant at the cancer clinic at the University Hospital in Örebro, writes the following about the decision:

"The Italian verdict is a setback for the telecom industry, but a step forward. . .

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Ingrid Wreden Kåss
Wreden Kåss is a writer and has a master's degree in philosophy from UiO, as well as a bachelor's degree in library and information science.

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