General Article Gambling ads must have serious addiction warnings, demand MPs

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Crackdown would hold British betting firms to standards of tobacco industry.

By Michael Savage, policy editor

Gambling companies should be treated like tobacco firms and forced to display prominent health warnings about the potential harms of betting, according to a cross-party group of MPs and peers concerned about rising levels of addiction.

They call for gambling to be treated as a public health issue, with companies forced to drop suggestions that betting is ‘fun’ rather than harmful. A ban on gambling ads during live sporting events should be imposed because it allows bookmakers to reach young viewers before the watershed, they warn.

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