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UK Health Experts Worried About Gambling Laws

20 April 2004

UNITED KINGDOM – As reported by the UK Guardian Unlimited: "Plans to liberalise gambling laws and allow Las Vegas-style casino resorts in Britain risk leaving more people in poverty and suffering from mental health problems, according to a public health expert.

"Geof Rayner, the chairman of the UK Public Health Association (UKPHA), has warned ministers to seriously consider the major health risks of plans to dramatically expand the number of casinos, bingo halls and amusement arcades.

"Mr Rayner said research showed that the liberalisation of Britain's gaming laws could double the number of people addicted to gambling 750,000.

"…Speaking in advance of the annual UK public health forum in Brighton, which opens today, Mr Raynor also warned that the country's poorest communities would be worst affected by the proposed reforms.

"…Mr Rayner wants limits on the size of casinos, clearer health messages about the potential risks of gambling, more resources to help gamblers in trouble and government targets on reducing the number of gambling addicts…"

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