We are happy to announce that our GEMPAQ (Getting Every Smoker to Participate and Quit Smoking): Smoking Cessation Apps has recently won the Silver Medal in The National Innovation and Invention Competition (NIICe) August 2022 which was organized by the Faculty of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM). This project is supported by the University Malaya Grand Challenge (UMRG – GC004B-15HTM) and Malaysia’s Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Program Grant (RU001A-2021).
GEMPAQ App has been designed by a group of researchers from Nicotine Addiction Research Collaborating Group (NARCC), University of Malaya Centre of Addiction Sciences (UMCAS); the team members are: Zarwina Yusoff, Associate Professor Dr Amirrudin Kamsin and Associate Professor Dr Nor Liyana Shuib (from Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology), Associate Professor Dr Farizah Mohd Hairi and Ina Sharyn Kamaludin (Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Medicine), Associate Professor Dr Anne Yee, and Associate Professor Dr Amer Siddiq Amer Nordin (Department of Psychological Medicine, Faculty of Medicine)
GEMPAQ App is the first smoking cessation app developed in Bahasa Malaysia accompanying English Language and has seven main modules (social support, goal setting, tracking nearest smoking cessation clinic, information, reward and engagement, reminder, and mindfulness) as intervention components to assist smokers to quit smoking.
Last year, GEMPAQ App received Silver Medal in the International Virtual Expo of Innovation Product and System Design 2021 (In-ViDE 2021) organised by the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UNIMAP) in November 2021. We hope that GEMPAQ App can help more smokers to quit smoking, and it will be one of the tools to support Malaysia’s Generational End Game (GEG) in the future.
This write-up was prepared by Zarwina Yusoff from the Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology, Universiti Malaya, Ina Sharyn Kamaludin and Associate Professor Dr Farizah Mohd Hairi from the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Malaya.