Nuisance from smokers in neighborhoods

Saxion Hogeschool, ROC van Twente,

Municipality of Enschede

How can we limit the nuisance caused by smokers in neighborhoods located around the grounds of educational institutions? That is a question that is gradually getting through, now that the smoking ban is enforced in (among other things) school yards. People who are no longer allowed to smoke there move into the neighborhood or look for other places. Sometimes with nuisance as a result: from waste, odor, noise or otherwise. Without coming up with yet another stop-smoking campaign or constantly focusing on enforcement: what kind of products or concepts can we design with which we can limit nuisance?

Over this one challenge

Saxion University of Applied Sciences (among others)

We focused on this issue in the second nano challenge that we organized.

Four mixed groups of students have worked on this issue, according to the program we describe here . You can see the solutions they presented below.

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Progress / results

During nano-challenge # 2, four teams worked on the issue of how to reduce nuisance from smokers in Enschede neighborhoods. The four solutions that were devised for this are shown below.

Team 1 thought that banning smokers from a location does not help against the nuisance and does not tackle the core problem. They want to help smokers quit smoking by means of a motivational 30-day challenge. On the basis of a scratch card, participants receive motivational texts and facts and they have the chance to win great prizes from entrepreneurs in Enschede for every day that they do not smoke.

Team 2 preferred to clean up smoking waste. By means of MEUK, a smart waste bin that finds and cleans up cigarette butts, team 2 smokers hopes to minimize nuisance. MEUK also asks passers-by to put their cigarette butts in the waste bin. This keeps the environment nice and clean. Below you can see their presentation and pitch.

Team 3 devised a special smoking cabin. The booths will be placed around the Saxion to reduce nuisance in the neighborhoods around the university of applied sciences. With a green roof, solar panels and bicycles, the cabins will offer a positive outcome to smoking. Smokers can cycle for 5 minutes and receive a coin for a cup of coffee and when you throw away your cigarette butt you get a piece of chewing gum. How it works? You can see that below.


Team 4 went on the ecological side with Filty, a reusable cigarette filter. By making the cigarette filter reusable, less waste will be generated, which leads to less inconvenience. Below you can see their solution.