TALENTED teenager Jemma Green drew two brightly-coloured dragons to highlight that it’s not cool to smoke outside the entrance of Queen Alexandra Hospital.
The poster is one of many that has been submitted for the hospital’s poster competition, which is supported by The News.
We’ve asked readers of all ages to come up with eye-catching designs aimed at stopping people lighting up near the hospital’s entrances.
The message is not to stop people smoking on the grounds altogether, but to encourage them to be considerate and use the shelters provided.
And readers like 14-year-old Jemma have been busy getting creative and sending in their entries.
She drew two dragons, one exhaling smoke and the other, smaller one weeping, with the message ‘It’s not cool to smoke here’.
Jemma, who goes to The Petersfield School, said: ‘I don’t like walking past people’s smoke and I think it shouldn’t be done at the main entrance of the hospital.
‘I like drawing and when I saw the competition I knew I wanted to enter.
‘I chose the dragon design because they are associated with smoke and went for bold colours.
‘I don’t have a problem with people smoking in general, but there needs to be respect shown for the patients, staff and visitors who have to walk through the smoke.’
Her mum Wendy, 39, of Wode Close, Clanfield, said: ‘She’s always entering competitions like this, so it didn’t surprise me that she entered.
‘I was very pleased with her design. She is very considerate about these things because I have asthma.
‘And she knows I can have a coughing fit if I’m around smoke.’
The competition is open to people of all ages and entries can be designed on a computer or by hand.
The winning design will be made into a poster and its designer will win £100.
Second prize wins £75, while third prize is £50.
And now the second and third prize entries will also be made into posters.
The closing date for the competition is February 28.
Send your poster, along with your name, address and telephone number, to : QA Poster Competition, The News Centre, Hilsea, Portsmouth, PO2 9SX.
You can also email designs to firstname.lastname@example.org.