Do you think the ‘speaker of shame’ is a good idea?


2nd November 2018

IN an attempt to stop people smoking near the doors of a hospital, managers have installed a speaker that plays messages asking smokers to stop.

If anyone sees someone light a cigarette, they can press a button that activates the speaker. It plays lots of different messages, including some that were recorded by kids. The messages say things like: “Excuse me, do you think you could put out your cigarette? Someone’s nanny, grandad, mummy or daddy is having their cancer treatment today.”

The general manager of Pinderfields Hospital said that patients and newborn babies have to pass through cigarette smoke at the entrance, even though the whole site is a no-smoking area. Tobacco kills more than 7m people every year, including 890,000 non-smokers who have been exposed to cigarette smoke.

What do you think?

Do you think the ‘speaker of shame’ is a good idea?


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popcorn100 · 3 years ago

Yes because smoking is bad for everyone's health, whether it's the person smoking or the people around them. Also, it is a no-smoking area.

dogsrbest · 3 years ago

I think the speaker of shame is a good idea because it will stop people smoking as much and it's not good for new born babies to breath in the smoke.

feverdt · 3 years ago

I don't think that this is a good idea as personally I would feel bad for snitching on someone.

natalija · 3 years ago

It is a good idea because it is a very effective method of making people put away their cigarettes and trying not to do it again.

crazyfish6 · 3 years ago

Personally, I object to the speaker if shame for the simple fact that hospitals have more important things to worry about. Also, surely with all the troubles they are going through at the minute, hospitals should be focusing on things like how many beds they have left to accommodate I'll and injured people, not whose smoking within 10 meters of the entrance. I strongly disagree with this and hope it is not a future thing that all hospitals shall have.

RockyTabbs · 3 years ago

Definitely. If someone is smoking then here are some reasons for them to stop:

1.) They could get all sorts of illnesses.

2.) If they are a taxpayer then they will have to pay their tax partly because people get ill from the smoke that not only the user is breathing in, but other people, which they won't want.

3.) Why would anyone want to get addicted to a bad thing. Cigarettes contain an addictive drug called Nicotine, which would consequently get you addicted to it.
4.) It's a waste of money! Not only are the smokers getting really unhealthy when the smoke, and get other people a higher risk of getting ill, but they have to actually pay for all this! If there is a taxpayer who smokes, they pay tax for care to do with smoking and also the cost of smoking them.
5.) The sign actually says no smoking! They are disobeying the rules after they have actually read the sign, and continuing, which makes them a bad person.

In my opinion, the speaker of shame is a great way to stop people smoking if they have disobeyed the rules, as it affects their health, makes them addicts, makes them lose money, kills 7 million people a year, and makes them unhealthy.
The government should put a tax on cigarettes or ban them completely if people's health is to be safe. Either way the government makes money, and saves millions of lives if they ban it.

cub2018 · 3 years ago

I think it is a good idea.

dachshund7 · 3 years ago

I think it is a bad idea as People who might of just got out of hospital and haven’t been outside for a while would have to walk through a big cloud of smoke before breathing in the fresh air and it isn’t healthy to smoke or breathe in smoke anyway so it will help to cause less illness in the future for adults and babies .

foxicorn10 · 3 years ago

Why not? I mean, it’s a good idea but one problem; maybe it shouldn’t be shouted out to the whole hospital. No one needs that much embarrassment!! But yes, so yeah.

astro_girl · 3 years ago

I think that the speaker of shame is a good idea as people are less likely to smoke if they feel bad about it.
Also it isn't good for patients or new born babies to breathe in the smoke.
it is also a no smoking area so people shouldn't be smoking there in the first place

j.morrison · 3 years ago

Yes, because it is where people go when they are poorly and also if they have windows open they can brethe in the smoke.

3629 · 3 years ago

Yes, because it would help people see the impact if the messages were recorded by kids

herbology · 3 years ago

Yes definately because a hospital is a place where people are ment to get better, and not fill their lungs with a smoke. ?

penguin2 · 3 years ago

I agree with the idea as its a hospital and also it bad for you anyway

plane · 3 years ago

I think it is not good to smoke outside hospitals because if new born babies inhale it, they might get lung diseases

[email protected] · 3 years ago

Third comment! I agree with you popcorn100.

dotbaker · 3 years ago

Yes, I think it’s a good idea because if you have to go into hospital, it isn’t nice to have to enter through cigarettes

habbot07 · 3 years ago

It should always be in every hospital because it will make the sick more sick.

chealsea · 3 years ago

Yes because it will enforce the rule of no smoking in hospitals an smoking is bad for everyone's health even if they aren't smoking directly

abdul786 · 3 years ago

yes people could die about 4,000 people have died from it.

abdul786 · 3 years ago

Tobacco kills more than 7m people every year, including 890,000 non-smokers who have been exposed to cigarette smoke.

abdul786 · 3 years ago


ceejay101 · 3 years ago

No. It wouldn’t work, people would not use it because of the guilt of telling on someone else. Also the button would get vandalised, by annoyed smokers or other people.

gominions · 3 years ago

The speaker of shame is a very good idea because it will slap sense into the person smoking and they will realise that doing what they're doing is not only very bad for their own health, but also others, like patients and newborns and, indeed, everyone else.

gominions · 3 years ago

Technically it's also illegal to smoke there.

daj123 · 3 years ago

Yes because the hospital is a no smoking area and if any children or adults are there it’s bad for ther’re health also no one should ever wants smoke in their face

Unicorn2 · 3 years ago

It is bad for people’s health. If it is near a hospital it is even worse.

uglypigeon · 3 years ago

Yes, I think it’s a good idea as it is a NO SMOKE ZONE, however people are ignoring that so their should be something Hospitals can do about that. I think this idea should also be introduced into schools and other public areas.

southy · 3 years ago

Yes but would be better if they had a person who walks out and fines them

hermione9 · 3 years ago

They should but what if the person smoking is deaf?

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hermione9 · 3 years ago

No, they should install a speaker and a screen for those who are deaf!

hermione9 · 3 years ago

Yes it is a non smoke area, I just think they should add a screen for the deaf people

mcgeorge1 · 3 years ago

I think the speaker of shame is a good idea because cigar smoke can not only effect the health of a smoker but also others around them. What's more people pass through the door of a hospital every day and with smoker it makes it impossible to not take in a bit of smoke. And if a hospital window happened to be open the smoke would come in and the patient sick enough already will breath the smoke in.

v_venkie · 3 years ago

yes because, if people smoke outside a hospital door, then it can affect sick people and new born babies which is not good. In Pinderfields hospital, they have to push the blue button which means that it can stop people from smoking. If anyone sees a person lighting cigarette, they can also push the button. Smoking can affect your lungs, heart, mouth and other body parts. It can also cause cancer if you smoke. Those people that are smoking, please quit it to save the environment.

From Smrithi

88unicorn · 3 years ago

I think it is a good idea because smoking is bad for everyone even the people around the smoker and especially outside a hospital smoking should be stopped.

herbology · 3 years ago

A good idea??????? very good yes

dottywrite · 3 years ago

Yes. Because smoking outside hospitals is bad for patients and visitors. It could damage people’s health during their time in the hospital even more as well. It is also bad for the smokers health.

comeon · 3 years ago

I think that the speaker of shame is a good idea as it helps people to realise what damage they are doing to themselves, the other non-smokers around, patients and the environment. Also, the hospital is a no smoking zone so by smoking outside the entrance, the are breaking the law.

cheezepuff · 3 years ago

Yes,I think using the speaker of shame is a good idea because smoking can pollute the air and can do damage to your lungs,but using the speaker of shame can give smokers a heart to stop smoking around places like hospitals or could stop people doing it all together.

elephant_m · 3 years ago

We all know that smoking is bad, and it is not respectable to smoke in areas which are designated for 'no smoking'. The 'speaker of shame' is good because it may make the smoker to be embarrassed and gradually prevent smoking.

asherw5 · 3 years ago

I think it is a great idea because the person smoking will be so humiliated and ashamed of themselves for smoking when the speaker is sounded, that they will hopefully give up smoking for good. Also, people shouldn't be breathing in nasty chemicals if they are ill, and it is dangerous for newborn babies.

dolfincake · 3 years ago

I think it's a bad idea because people, who are smoking, aren't going to listen- they don't care and the whole thing is going to be useless!

dreamer44 · 3 years ago

I think this is an amazing idea after reading that a colossal number of people die when they are innocent! This is an amazing idea because it may help save more lives and put a stop to newborn babies or vulnerable people breathing in the fumes; making hospital grounds more cheerful, convenient to go into and may eventually stop a few people smoking altogether.

mimpi123 · 3 years ago

I think it is a good idea because the hospital can't help them if they don't quit smoking and this is a way for them to know.Also it is bad for other patiens.
Like if you agree.

chahou · 3 years ago

I say it is a good idea because people are being killed by smoke, even people who actually don't smoke cigarettes. But, the money spent installing it could have been that extra bed or food and it isn't going to improve health as a whole. Plus, smokers will already know these things and young people especially will feel uncomfortable using it or won't be aloud.

Umbrella4 · 3 years ago

It is a good idea! Smoking can Kill. I don’t see how it wouldn’t be a good idea!

apple · 3 years ago

I think its a good idea because it stops people smoking and it will hopefully change the environment

boyhornet · 3 years ago

I don't know... it might stop hospital smoking, which is obviously good, but it also might be bullying the smokers to stop, and personally I wouldn't feel comfortable pressing the button on a random person so there's that as well.

man2009 · 3 years ago

I think it is a very good idea as it will make people think twice before smoking

man2009 · 3 years ago

Also it can KILL
I agree with umbrella4

raven7i · 3 years ago

YES: The people who go to the hospital want to get BETTER, not worse because someone is breaking the rules.

lalalala33 · 3 years ago

this is a good idea because it will stop people from smoking in no smoking areas. this is also for everyones safety

jhm3654 · 3 years ago

The speaker of shame is a good idea as you don't want to start smoking in a building and then see police start walking into the building saying "Your Under Arrest!" It also helps the environment!

agentlord · 3 years ago

Yes because then nobody will die or something

acegirl20 · 3 years ago

I think it is an amazing idea because it put the smokers to shame and will help the health of people being treated in the hospital. For instance if a new born baby is constantly inhaling smoke it can damage their lungs for life. Also If the idea of "the speaker of shame circulate then it could also cut down on the amount of people smoking and the amount of people having to breathe it in - making the world a healthier place.?

oceangirl · 3 years ago

I believe that there’s a yes and a no. My yes is that it may stop ? people from smoking, but also my downside is that people might just carry on or they might not have heard it, or they may choose to ignore it. I went yes, but now I think about it, I have got to say no.?

oceangirl · 3 years ago

I agree with dolphincake

jesusrules · 3 years ago

yes because it might stop them smoking, however, it is really hard to stop smoking and snitching on people is not the way to do it, so if there is a nicer way of doin it that should be done, but overall i think it is a good idea.

booklover5 · 3 years ago

Yes! Passive smoking is a big factor in lung cancer, and if we can get rid of it, it will help loads of people. It will also help smokers wake up to the idea that smoking gives you cancer, and other people suffer through their actions.

hockey.xx · 3 years ago

If someone is ill and is struggling to breathe then smoking doesn’t help them get better

uniquepika · 3 years ago

This is a grat idea to stop people smoking!

marla_cat · 3 years ago

I think yes and that it should probably happen in more places like near schools and cinemas because its really not good for you, and other people who breathe it in. Smoking is stupid, and its a good idea to do it outside of hospitals because you would come in smelling of smoke and then its really stinky and bad for people breathing it in, especially people who are sick already

xxowlxx · 3 years ago

Yes, it’s good because smoking is awful for our health and people won’t want to smoke somewhere if they get shamed.

architshar · 3 years ago

it is a very good idea

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7diamond07 · 3 years ago

I think the speaker of shame is a good idea because sometimes kids go into hospital and they could breathe it.

isabelles8 · 3 years ago

Yes because it would give newborn babies a brighter and healthier welcome to the world.

wimpykid · 3 years ago

Smoking is bad. Smoking near a hospital is worse!

No one wants to breathe in someone else's smoke!

dexter · 3 years ago

I think the speaker of shame is a good idea because it stops people smoking and it helps save the planet from pollution.

artymartin · 3 years ago

Yes because smoking is bad for everyone’s health especially outside a hospital because if windows are open near the person smoking. Uh oh...

artymartin · 3 years ago

I know I am commenting again but..
It is also a good idea because if a hospital receptionist hears the speaker sound too many times then they will know they are being disrespectful and they will ask them to stop ?✋ in person and then the person who is smoking will stop because if they don’t they might get into trouble.

kitten888 · 3 years ago

Yes, as smocking is bad for the patients and people around the person smoking as well as themselves

polarbear4 · 3 years ago

Yes, because hospitals are a place for patients and hygiene is important for them. If smoking was allowed it would be bad for new born babies to breath in smoke and even though hospitals are busy they need to tackle the problem of smoking!

heh · 3 years ago

You don't want to embarrass anyone. They might not now about the rule.

snubby26 · 3 years ago

I think that the speaker of shame is a good idea because the smoke could otherwise drift into patient's rooms and put them at risk when they are already vulnerable.

flossingg · 3 years ago

Yes, someone needs to do something about people not feeling the tiniest bit annoyed or scared if they see the horrible pictures on cigar packets. Yes, Yes Yes!

bruh12345 · 3 years ago

I think that the speaker of shame is a good idea but maybe they should change the name. Otherwise it is a good idea. It will help stop smokers to stop smoking and it will help the people in the hospital to get better not worse.

aoifeh · 3 years ago

it won't help kids who are sick it will jus make them more sick.

ros89 · 3 years ago

? smoking

smartkid · 3 years ago

I agree

littlepup · 3 years ago

It's a great idea! You shouldn't smoke infront of hospitals: - for the safety and in respect to the patients
- It's bad for your health

zebra10 · 3 years ago

Yes I don't like having to pass people in the street who are smoking.?

lottielove · 2 years ago

Yes, definitely because it makes people realise that they are doing something wrong and how bad it is for other people who might have cancer or something! It is very wrong to smoke near a hospital. Also, if you have cancer PLEASE PLEASE watch this on YouTube: Kseniya Simonova's astonishing sand art gets Golden Buzzer | BGT: The Champions. It will make you believe. If you have cancer you can fight it just believe. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE watch that video on YouTube if you have cancer I'M BEGGING YOU!

trudie · 2 years ago

Yes that person should be ashamed of what they've done and feel bad for it

crystalx27 · 1 year ago

I think it is not the best idea in the world. Partly because, yes smoking is bad for, however in my opinion, everything has a reason. Some smokers could have it a different way than a lot of people think and could be so difficult for them to quit. Shaming them with a speaker might make them steer clear from smoking outside of hospitals or other medical practices, which they shouldn't be smoking in front of anyway, but does it do them any good to be publicly embarrassed? I could be wrong here, but I think this is a valid reason.