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Ban on mobile phone advertising to children in France
Detail: France is introducing a new law prohibiting all advertising of mobile phones to children under 12 amid growing fears that radiation from the phones may cause cancer and other diseases. The French government will also make it compulsory for handsets to be sold with earphones to minimize direct exposure to radiation from phones.

Swedish research indicates that children and teenagers are five times more likely to get brain cancer if they use the phones. Some experts are predicting an "epidemic" of the disease among today's young people in later life.

In September, the European Parliament voted 522 to 16 to urge ministers across Europe to bring in stricter radiation limits. The European Environment Agency has also issued a warning. The city of Lyon launched an advertising campaign dissuading people from buying mobiles for children as presents for Christmas, with the slogan "Let's keep them healthy, away from mobile phones!"

In Toronto, the Department of Public Health has advised that children under eight should only use mobiles in emergencies and teenagers should limit calls to less than 10 minutes. Other countries are also acting on this: the Russian Ministry of Health says that young people under 18 should not use the devices, and Israel's Health Ministry has also advised caution.
Date: January 14 2009