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)

In the second nano-challenge we organized, we focused on this issue.

Four mixed groups of students have worked on solutions, according to the program we describe here. You can view their presentations below.

Not all solutions have been fully worked out yet, and some require further research. That makes them ideally suited for a sequel.

Do you want to get started? Then inquire with the challenge partner or contact the EnschedeLAB.

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 a chance to win great prizes from entrepreneurs in Enschede, for every day that they do not smoke.

Team 2 preferred to clean up smoker-generated waste. Team 2 hopes to minimize the nuisance caused by smokers by means of MEUK, a smart waste bin that finds and cleans up cigarette butts. 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 the presentation and pitch of team 2.

Team 3 bedacht een speciale rokerscabine. De cabines zullen worden geplaatst rondom het Saxion pand om zo de overlast in de wijken rondom de hogeschool te verminderen. Met een groen dak, zonnepanelen en hometrainers leveren de cabines een positieve bijdrage aan het verminderen van overlast. Rokers kunnen vijf minuten fietsen en een muntje ontvangen voor een kop koffie, en wanneer je je sigarettenpeuk weggooit krijg je een stukje kauwgum. Hoe het werkt? Dat zie je hieronder.


Team 4 went eco-friendly with Filty, a reusable cigarette filter. By making the cigarette filter reusable, less waste will be generated, which leads to less nuisance. Below you can see the solution that team 4 came up with.


The scratch card – team 1's solution – is almost ready to try out. Would you like to try that? For example, in the context of developing a campaign? Feel free!

MUK, the filter robot, is only a concept. Developing this into a prototype, perhaps in combination with drong technology, could be a next step.

With the solutions of teams 3 and 4, the question is whether they encourage smoking itself too much. Questions were asked about the feasibility of a cabin, as well as about the reusable filter.

The UT Honors Program also considered the latter solution. They saw disadvantages in high production costs, the promotion of smoking and the ban on flavored cigarettes. Any further development of this solution should focus on the question of how you can offer such a (degradable) solution without popularizing smoking.