Why is it potentially risky? The devices emit radio frequency energy when they send and receive signals.
The guidelines recommend that cell phone users keep the phone away from the body and away from the bed at night.
Ronald Melnick PhD, formerly the Senior NIH toxicologist who led the design of the National Toxicology Program study and a Senior Advisor to EHT, said, "THE NTP study was created to see if there can be any adverse health effects from exposure to cell phone radiation".
The guidelines suggest simple steps like not keeping your phone in your pocket and moving it away from your bed at night to reduce radiation exposure.
Take a look at the details of the recommendations here.
A whopping 95 percent of Americans own a cell phone, and there is no denying the diminishing age of device owners.
"We recognize that there are a lot of people in the general public that have some concerns about their cellphones and whether using a cellphone is safe", said Dr. Karen Smith of the California Department of Public Health.
The DPH and the National Cancer Institute agree that cell phones and televisions can emit radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation that can range from 30 kilohertz to 300 million kilohertz. Some of the possible health side effects that CDPH specifically mentions are brain tumors, lower sperm counts, headaches, and potential impacts on learning, memory, hearing, behavior, and sleep.
The researchers are able to prove scientifically that the radiation generated by using cell phones is very unhealthy and especially to children while browsing or downloading files. "Scientific studies are underway to determine whether cellphone use may cause health effects".
Removing headsets when off a call.
Moskowitz has been credited, in part, for the new state cellphone guidelines.
After being sued by Dr. Joel Moskowitz of the University of California, Berkeley in 2014 after the department refused to release the guidelines to him, the state department has now chosen to release the guidelines on avoiding phone radiation.