by Max Brantley
CNN has just sent a breaking news bulletin on this story:
Radiation from cell phones can possibly cause cancer, the World Health Organization said today.
This puts cell phones in league with lead, engine exhaust and chloroform as "possibly carcinogenic to humans."
What that means is that right now there haven't been enough long-term studies conducted to make a clear conclusion if radiation from cell phones are safe, but there is enough data showing a possible connection that consumers should be alerted.
I don't know from cancer. But I do know cell phones. Use of them while driving is an enormous safety hazard. But that clear fact doesn't stop jillions of people from jabbering on them — even texting on them at 85 mph as one Lincoln driver I observed yesterday on I-40 was doing. A little cancer threat isn't going to discourage the phone addicts.