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Minerva Pediatrica 1999 April;51(4):93-100

language: Italian

A survey regarding the problem of cigarette smoke pollution in a hospital environment

Castello D., Cerrato J., Odasso L., Tesini I.


Aims. The study aimed to survey smoking habits in a specific environment, namely hospitals, paying special attention to the pediatric sector.
Methods. The survey was carried out using data from questionnaires distributed to all hospital personnel.
Results. Of a total of 2425 forms distributed, only 20% were compiled and returned. The most interesting findings to emerge were that in 86% of cases smokers admit to smoking in the presence of others and 10% admit to smoking in the presence of patients. 83% affirm that non-smokers should be protected. The most popular proposal was to create ''smoking'' rooms inside hospitals.
Conclusions. Almost all smokers say that they are aware of the damage caused by tobacco, but they justify the habit by the fact that ''they cannot do without it''. Non-smokers feel that health education courses or personal conviction are of little use, and that punitive measures should be introduced for those smoking in hospitals.

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