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British Mobile Phones To Have Health Warnings
April 29, 2000

Mobile telephones will carry health warnings after a government committee found that public concern about using the phones was reasonable, the Observer newspaper said on Sunday.

The 12-strong committee, chaired by William Stewart -- former chief scientist to the Cabinet Office -- is expected to publish its findings next week.

Although there is no scientific proof that mobile phones can make users ill, the warnings would tell people to be careful about where and how long they use them, the Observer said, quoting a source close to the committee.

"The public must be in a position of choice. At the moment they feel in the dark," the source said.

The report would also ask for national guidelines to be drawn up on the construction of phone masts and their positioning, the newspaper added.

Earlier this month consumer magazine Which? reported that hands-free kits designed to protect mobile phone users from radiation actually channeled three times more of it to their brains.