Scientists sign petition saying that AirPods can cause cancer

Scientists sign petition saying that AirPods can cause cancer
There is no question that Apple's wireless Bluetooth AirPods have been a big hit. Over the course of a day, you will often run into several people wearing the accessory. And this success has led other companies to release their own wireless ear buds. In fact, back in November research firm Gartner forecast that ear worn devices will be the top wearable product by 2022 with 158.43 million units shipped. Smartwatches currently lead the wearables category.

However, some news released today by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution says that a number of scientists agree that AirPods and other ear worn devices are a cancer risk. 250 scientists have signed a United Nations (UN) and World Health Organization (WHO) petition making that claim. The Bluetooth technology used to provide connectivity between a handset and ear worn devices like the AirPods are being blamed for the cancer risk. The technology uses electromagnetic frequency (EMF) radio waves to transmit data, and its use so close to a user's inner skull is considered dangerous. The International Agency for Research on Cancer recently said that EMF waves could be carcinogenic to humans. High levels of exposure to EMF waves can also cause neurological issues and DNA damage.

While high levels of EMF waves can cause burns and impact cell-growth in humans, it isn't clear what can result with prolonged exposure to the low amount of EMF waves produced by devices like the AirPods. And while the WHO has guidelines on the amount of EMF that devices can safely expose a user to, the scientists who signed the petition say that these guidelines are not tough enough to prevent the radio waves from causing illnesses in humans. The petition signed by the scientists notes that children are more vulnerable to the effects of EMF.


Samsung recently launched its wireless Bluetooth Samsung Galaxy Buds, which the company gave away to many who pre-ordered one of its new Galaxy S10 phones. And Apple is expected to unveil the AirPods 2 during its March 25th press event.

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32 Comments

1. jayjay234

Posts: 5; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

First of all.. samsung released icon x ear buds before airpods. Also, what is "Galaxy 10 phones"? You guys really need to review your own work.

16. fakenewzz

Posts: 59; Member since: Nov 15, 2018

Well what do expect iphone arena to get as writers when they don’t get paid? Only narcissistic comic book reading lazy no job having non intelligent kids would apply.

2. rouyal

Posts: 1529; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

I'd guess this would envelop any bluetooth headset. There's probably less than an inch difference between where headphones and in ear pods are against the skull. Dunno. Love my bt headphones, though, never got into earphones.

15. Mike88

Posts: 41; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

I've a serious question no joke - is Wi-Fi safe??????

21. rouyal

Posts: 1529; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

3. skips

Posts: 437; Member since: Oct 04, 2015

and i just gave airpods as a gift for my sister lmao, sorry sis

4. MrMalignance

Posts: 36; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

Thank you, Alan, for this article. I hope to hear some follow up on this topic as well as others like this.

5. cmdacos

Posts: 3651; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Iconx released July 2016. Airpods, announced September 2016 released December 2016. Didn't know Samsung perfected time travel to go back in time and build out wireless buds based on the success of the airpods. Thanks for the education.../s

6. Joosty

Posts: 459; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

Damnit. I was just getting into these TWS styled buds. Back to wires I go

23. andynaija

Posts: 1230; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Lol, I haven't even opened my TWS package yet.

7. Macready

Posts: 1786; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

"And this success has led other companies, like Samsung, to release their own wireless ear buds" And thus history was rewritten again. Because it was Samsung who gave Apple ideas.

8. S4NDY

Posts: 193; Member since: Mar 14, 2016

Who cares, nowadays you get cancer from anything what you do.

12. lyndon420

Posts: 6273; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

I know right?! Why do something, when it's much easier to do nothing. /s

13. alanrock

Posts: 188; Member since: Oct 04, 2018

beer is still safe ?...right ?

20. lyndon420

Posts: 6273; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Hard to say when it comes to beer, but hard alcohol... possibly. Read an article a while back where there was talk of putting warning labels on booze similar to cigs.

9. splus

Posts: 130; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

I recently bought an EMF meter and I was shocked when I measured my Sony XM2, the radiation was far stronger than I thought it would be, considering the Bluetooth was supposed to have low radiation. It's as high as holding your phone on your ear and transmitting 3G data continuously (4G is stronger). I then measured my 6 year old Bluetooth speaker and it had almost 10 times lower radiation. It looks like the newer generation Bluetooth boosted the signal far too much, so it's not safe any more for having it in a device that's close to your head.

10. lyndon420

Posts: 6273; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

A story like this had to come out, but it won't be enough to sway/force OEM's to bring back the headphone jack...or prevent consumers from using their beloved Bluetooth earbuds. It's like microwave ovens - we all know it's unhealthy to eat the food that gets cooked in them, but does that stop most people from using them? Nope. Sacrifice health and flavor for convenience...yup.

11. BuffaloSouce

Posts: 1067; Member since: May 01, 2017

Scientists also agree that the sun and bacon also causes cancer....

14. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3083; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Bring back the headphone jack .

27. Man_Utd

Posts: 138; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

Some of us still have a headphone jack

18. tedkord

Posts: 16974; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

What doesn't cause cancer these days?

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 30483; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Hell, breating, or eating French Fries can cause cancer. I'm using my AirPods, and iconix everyday. Is what it is. Getting daily exercise, is one way to ward off cancer...health is wealth.

22. GoTstan

Posts: 370; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

Yeah, I don't want the 3.5jack going anywhere.

24. sissy246

Posts: 6831; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

"There is no question that Apple's wireless Bluetooth AirPods have been a big hit. Over the course of a day, you will often run into several people wearing the accessory. And this success has led other companies, like Samsung, to release their own wireless ear buds" Really Alan, lol Here is some fact checking for you. "Samsung launched the first-generation Gear IconX on July 15, "AirPods were introduced on September 7, 2016 alongside the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2. Apple originally planned to release the AirPods in late October, but the company delayed the release date. On December 13, 2016, Apple released the AirPods to be ordered online"

25. Playstation

Posts: 22; Member since: Dec 15, 2018

Save your breath. They don't care. This site is a joke.

31. Ikechukwu

Posts: 242; Member since: Oct 03, 2011

hahaha, and later they'll come and try to argue with their readers in the comments talking about how difficult it is to be fair.

26. LikeMyself

Posts: 620; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

These scientists are a joke. They are probably paid by some companies. Their petition is just based on assumptions & everybody can make any assumptions.

29. mel0524

Posts: 40; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Guys, why not use wired bluetooth ( where the wire hanging in your neck like made by many bug names lg, jbl, bose, beats, etc. that is not always in your ear, you can use it only when is needed then you put inside your ear :)

32. Brewski

Posts: 652; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

That's ok if you get cancer from the AirPods, the Apple watch will save your life.

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