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Compliance still a problem with no smoking law
  1. David Laszlo Tarnoki1,
  2. Adam Domonkos Tarnoki1,
  3. Mark J Travers2,
  4. Laszlo Mechtler3,
  5. Laszlo Tamas4,
  6. K Michael Cummings2
  1. 1Department of Radiology and Oncotherapy, Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary
  2. 2Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Department of Health Behavior, Buffalo, New York, USA
  3. 3Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Department of Neurology, Buffalo, New York, USA
  4. 4Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Jahn Ferenc Teaching Hospital, Semmelweis University of Medicine Affiliate, Budapest, Hungary
  1. Correspondence to Dr David Laszlo Tarnoki, Department of Radiology and Oncotherapy, Semmelweis University, Budapest, 78/a Ulloi Street, Budapest, 1082, Hungary; tarnoki4{at}gmail.com

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Hungarian hospitals have been declared smoke-free since 2005. To date, there is little information on compliance with this law, although the presence of ashtrays and cigarette litter evident inside many hospitals suggests that compliance is less than 100%. The purpose of this study was to document compliance with the smoke-free hospital law in a large public hospital in Budapest, Hungary.

The study was conducted between January and April 2009 during the morning shift (8:00–15:00). TSI SidePak AM510 Personal Aerosol Monitor was used to measure the concentration of particulate matter less than 2.5 μm diameter (PM2.5) in the ambient air of 117 locations sampled in …

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