Official launch of Tobacco Unmasked HotSpots (TU HotSpots)

The Tobacco Unmasked HotSpots was officially launched by Dr. Palitha Abeykoon, Chairperson, National Authority on Tobacco and Alcohol (NATA) at an event held on 9th April 2018 at the Auditorium, Sri Lanka Medical Association (SLMA) Wijerama House, Colombo 07.
TobaccoUnmasked HotSpots is a GIS based online mobile application to monitor geographical location of tobacco industry activities and interference in public health developed by the Centre for Combating Tobacco (CCT)
Dr. Mahesh Rajasuriya, Director, CCT welcomed the gathering and gave a brief introduction on the role of CCT in industry monitoring. Dean, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, Prof. Jeniffer Perera sent her warm wishes to the HotSpots launch. Prof. Diyanath Samarasingha delivered a speech on ‘Role of citizens in dealing with tobacco industry”.
In parallel to the Launch a workshop was conducted to the community activists, academics, university undergraduates and colleagues who are collaborating with (CCT) to monitor industry activities at ground level. Dr. Manuja Perera, Editor, TobaccoUnamsked, introduced TU HotSpots to the participants. They were trained to download and install the application, upload the location and the information on interference with photos taken using a smart mobile device, by the CCT team.
The TU HotSpots mobile application was created using the funds given by the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) Secretariat. Launching ceremony and the workshop was conducted in collaboration with the National Authority on Tobacco and Alcohol (NATA).

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