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article imageHospital uses loudspeakers to deter smokers

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By Darren Brown     Mar 27, 2012 in Health
Larbert - Smokers who choose to spark up outside Forth Valley Royal Hospital near Larbert will trigger and alert which will result in a loudspeaker telling them to stop smoking.
Smoking is banned in the grounds of the £300m hospital which opened in 2010, but Health chief's claim that smokers are blatanly ignoring the no-smoking signs. They are hoping that this new alam will deter smokers from lighting up in the grounds of the hospital, reports BBC News.
At the moment the alarms will only be fitted to the main entrance of the hospital, but if proves successful alarms will be distributed throughout the grounds.
Mike Mackay, from facilities company Serco, which manages the hospital, said: "Despite warning signs telling patients, visitors and staff that smoking is banned in the hospital grounds, people continue to smoke. The result is masses of cigarette ends littering the area. Serco do employ staff to keep the grounds tidy but it is a constant battle picking up discarded tabs. Even lighting a cigarette will set off the message and I hope this will encourage people to stub out hospital smoking."
Forth Valley also released figures which claimed nearly 3000 people died of smoking related illness', whilst there was higher than average amount of smokers killed in Falkirk and Clackmannanshire.
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