There is no conclusive evidence that Airpods can cause cancer despite recent online news reports

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14th March 2019 – An internet news was circulating recently that more than 200 scientists from 40 countries had signed a petition recently to the United Nations (UN) and the World Health Organization asking for stricter guidelines and regulatory standards regarding AirPods and other Bluetooth earbuds that could increase the risk of cancer.

The petition reported in all the news is actually from 2015, and was an appeal to governments to create awareness on the potential health threats of the type of non-ionizing radiofrequency radiation emitted by cell phones, bluetooth devices including Airpods and other wireless devices.

Airpods work using Bluetooth technology and the non-ionizing radiofrequency radiation that cell phones use. There is still no scientific evidence to-date to show how harmful to health is cell phone radiation and bluetooth radiation. However, bluetooth emits less dosage of radiation as compared to cell phones.

One potential cause for concern with Bluetooth, however: Many people wear Bluetooth headphones like Airpods for many hours on end. If the scientific community eventually concludes that there is a connection even between the lower-dose Bluetooth radiation and human illness, your ear—right up against your head—is the last place you’ll want to have put those devices.

According to an article in Quartz, some researchers suggest that signal power isn’t the only variable to think about when pondering health consequences of radiofrequency technology. Factors like the more inconsistent “pulses” of radiation emitted by wireless devices should also be taken into account, according to Martin Pall, a professor emeritus of biochemistry at Washington State University. But the science assessing how that relates to human health is just not there yet.

In any case,  if you’re a fan of the precautionary principle, wired headphones would be the way to go.