(ANSA) - Turin, March 20 - An association has taken legal
action against the Italian health ministry for not doing enough
to inform the public about the health risks of using mobile
phones, it emerged Thursday.
The Association for the Prevention and Fight Against
Electrosmog filed a petition with the Lazio administrative
tribunal on the basis of International Agency for Research on
Cancer (IARC) findings that 1,640 hours of cell phone use - the
average over a 10-year period - increases the risk of developing
brain cancer by 40%.
The aim of the legal action is not to demonise cellphones,
but rather to promote their correct use by forcing the ministry
to launch a serious information campaign, lawyers acting for the
The move is supported by Innocente Marcolini, a former
company manager, who in 2012 won a Supreme Court battle to
receive workers' compensation after developing a brain tumour
due to prolonged cell phone use over a number of years.
It was the first time that a high court in any country had
ruled in favor of a link between mobile phone radiation and
"Many people are not aware of the risk they run by talking
on their cellphone without an earpiece or keeping it in their
trouser pocket," said Marcolini.