THE message is simple, but effective – ‘do not clog smoke-free zones’.
Chris Williams, of Second Avenue, Cosham, has entered our poster competition to help stop people smoking outside the main entrances of Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham.
His main image is of black fumes billowing out of a heart, which symbolises arteries being clogged up by tar.
The 38-year-old said: ‘I used to work on a South West Trains service before I hurt my right hand.
‘I have to visit the hospital for X-rays and physiotherapy for my hand and I don’t want to walk through people’s smoke. I don’t like smoking in general, but smokers should have more regard for others.
‘If there are signs asking you not to smoke outside the hospital then you should pay attention.
‘But it’s not even that – it’s the litter as well.
‘People don’t need to see fag ends littering the place.
‘Patients and visitors walking in could have heart conditions or breathing problems, and some smokers don’t have a regard for them.
‘I hope my poster helps get the message across.
‘I wanted it to be quite shocking, so that’s why I’ve drawn a heart with fumes coming out of it.’
The hospital and The News have launched a poster competition, aimed at encouraging people to stop smoking outside its entrances.
In a bid to tackle the problem, health officials are encouraging people to get involved with creating an effective poster to encourage smokers to use shelters provided on the site.
The winning design will be made into a poster and its designer will also win £100. Second prize wins £75, while third prize is £50. The closing date for the competition, which is open to all, is February 28.
To enter the contest, send your poster, along with the completed voucher, right, to: QA Poster Competition, The News Centre, Hilsea, Portsmouth, PO2 9SX.