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Cellphones may be like cigarettes

September 20, 2009

Re: David Lazarus' consumer column "Radiation risks: still a tough call," Sept. 9:

I have told my kids for years to keep their cellphones away from their heads and to put them on speaker whenever possible. I suspect cellphones may be the next "cigarettes," but at least there seems to be more awareness and publicity about the potential danger earlier on in the game.

I sincerely hope that cellphones are found to be harmless. However, if that is not the case, I hope the wireless industry will do the right thing and put our health and safety above the bottom line.

Wendy Colman Levin

Los Angeles

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I think the more people hear about this, the more people will understand the importance of this issue. We were adults when we started using cellphones. This is the first time in history that teenagers and younger kids are holding a source of radiation to their heads on a regular basis.

If adults are getting brain tumors after 10-plus years of cellphone use, what's going to happen to our children?

Diane Marroquin

Seminole, Fla.

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