On the heels of the World Health Organization’s warning that people who used mobile phones too much could face the risk of a brain tumor, the TCPI announced on August 7 that Thais face an even bigger risk because they like to sleep with their cellphones.
According to The Nation, TCPI director Prawit Leesathapornwongsa said that the WHO International Agency for Research on Cancer designated that cellphones have a ‘2B’ rating, which means that while there could be some risk, the evidence is not strong enough to be considered causal, and needs to be investigated further.
He said the study also found that people using their mobile phones for more than 1,640 hours faced a greater risk of developing glioma brain cancer, adding that those using a bluetooth hands-free device were 100 times less exposed to electromagnetic waves, and those using headphones were at 10% less risk, he said. The director warned that these devices should not remain stuck in the ear while not being used, and noted that 3G phones are said to release 100 times less radioactive energy than GSM.
Prawit revealed that a poll conducted in February among Thais found that 64.5% placed them at the top of their bed while sleeping, while 41.6% carried their phone in their pocket, and urged people to keep their mobile phones away from their head when they are not in use.