In­dus­try can do more to pro­tect chil­dren

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The coun­try’s big­gest bet­ting firms have agreed to stop advertising dur­ing breaks in live sports events. With spi­ralling num­bers of chil­dren de­vel­op­ing a gam­bling prob­lem, any­thing which re­duces their ex­po­sure to these en­tic­ing com­mer­cials is wel­come. But this doesn’t go nearly far enough. In­deed, there is ev­ery rea­son to sus­pect it is a cyn­i­cal ploy de­signed to avert the clo­sure of a glar­ing loop­hole which al­lows these ad­verts be­fore the wa­ter­shed.

And if the gam­bling gi­ants were re­ally tak­ing their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties se­ri­ously, they would stop bom­bard­ing chil­dren with so­cial me­dia pro­pa­ganda and take their lo­gos off Premier League foot­ball shirts.


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