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Responsible Gambling Strategy Board publishes call to action for gambling-related harm to be regarded as a public health issue

Posted on 13 December 2016

The Responsible Gambling Strategy Board has published a new position paper on the importance of gambling-related harm as a public health issue.

This paper is the first step towards one of the priority objectives set out in the National Responsible Gambling Strategy published last April.

The paper is intended to help bodies with a formal responsibility for population health to understand the potential implications of gambling-related harm, and to encourage them to have policies that are effective in addressing this harm.

Sir Christopher Kelly, RGSB Chairman said:

“Positioning the minimisation of gambling-related harm as a priority issue with public health agencies has long been an ambition of the Board. We hope that this paper acts as a call to action and encourages those agencies to engage in a dialogue with us over the next few months and to accept their responsibilities for reducing gambling-related harm. This is a significant agenda and one which requires a collective and coordinated response.”

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