Introduction of the trilingual TobaccoUnmasked HotSpots Mobile App

Centre for Combating Tobacco (CCT) introduced the newest upgrade for its TobaccoUnmasked HotSpots mobile app in the event ‘Towards a Tobacco- Free Sri Lanka’ organized by the National Authority on Tobacco and Alcohol (NATA) on 4th December 2019 at Galadari Hotel.
TobaccoUnmasked HotSpots (TUHS) is a GIS based online mobile application to monitor geographical location of tobacco industry activities and interference in public health. It also enables the registered users to report tobacco and alcohol advertisement and promotion through media and direct interferences by the tobacco industry. TUHS mobile application was developed and launched in two stages. The preliminary version launched in May 2018, was to pilot the TUHS app for feasibility and acceptability. In March 2019, Community Driven Tobacco Surveillance system (CDTSS), a community network to monitor tobacco industry interference and activities coupled with the upgraded user-friendly version was launched. Now CCT expect to launch the third trilingual (English, Sinhala and Tamil) version of the TUHS mobile application in January 2020 enabling Sri Lankans to report data in their own language.
Dr. Mahesh Rajasuriya, Director/CCT, introduced the trilingual version of the TUHS App to the central, provincial and regional level higher ranking officials of Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine and representatives from the field public health workforce at the event.

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