How to stop smoking in hospital entrances - hire some 'angry' kids

Melbourne facility has slashed smoking since it started playing primary school students' anti-tobacco messages

Giving up the ciggies is a hard task for any smoker, but one Melbourne hospital has hit on a possible solution — a verbal spray from a bunch of forthright Grade 6 children.


In a bid to stop smokers from lighting up outside the main entrance, Frankston Hospital trialled a looped recording of the primary students’ self-scripted anti-smoking messages, such as “Your smoking makes me sad and angry”.

It did the trick, with the number of cigarettes smoked outside the entrance in the evenings and on weekends dropping from 4.4 an hour to 1.7