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UK TV gambling ads raise concerns

30 January 2007

UNITED KINGDOM – As reported by the UK Telegraph: "The decision to allow operators to advertise on television for the first time raised fresh concerns of an increase in problem gambling.

"A YouGov poll for The Daily Telegraph today shows high levels of public concern about the spread of gambling.

"…The Government yesterday announced the implementation from September of provisions of the Gambling Act 2005 that relax restrictions on adverts for gambling on television and in the print media. A code of practice to police adverts is being drawn up.

"Mark Griffiths, professor of gambling studies at Nottingham Trent University, urged that any gambling advertising on television should be restricted to after the 9pm watershed. It should be balanced by adverts giving the potential downside, similar to anti-smoking and anti-drinking campaigns…"

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