Gambling addiction awareness/ Gambling advertising & Casinos need to be held liable

Gambling addiction awareness/ Gambling advertising & Casinos need to be held liable

August 16, 2022
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Why this petition matters

Casinos, online gambling and even slot machines at the local convenient stores is rapidly growing in our country. Gambling addiction is increasing and it’s destroying the lives of people who are suffering and struggling with gambling addiction. 

The advertising of smoking was banned because of the health consequences and it’s about time that we recognize the mental health consequences and the losses due to gambling addiction. The destructive effects it has to those who are suffering and struggling with gambling addiction often causing an enormous amount of debt and loss. 

It is impossible to watch tv today, browse on social media or even drive on the freeway without seeing numerous advertisements/billboards for various gaming websites and casinos. 

TV Commerical’s, billboards and Online Advertising for online gaming and casinos are overwhelming today. Advertising about winning money, large jackpots, promoting drawings and sweepstakes, slogans about winning etc… you’ll see very fine print regarding gambling addiction 1-800 Gambler listed on the bottom.

We need more awareness of the dangers and harm that gambling addiction can cause just like the advertisements regarding the dangers of smoking.  

Someone who is suffering a gambling addiction the consequences can be very serious which include financial losses, bankruptcy, homelessness, emotional stress, relationship conflict, drug/alcohol abuse, and even suicide. This list goes on ….and it’s never talked about, how serious the damage that comes with gambling addiction. 

Another concern is holding casinos liable!!!!!

According to some state laws, any establishment or licensed individual who gives alcohol to a visibly intoxicated person can be legally held responsible for injuries and damages that person might cause. 

Casinos need to be in this category!!!! 
Casinos serve “free” alcohol which we all know over consumed alcohol can impair your decision making. How is this ok for casino’s not to be held liable? 

Gambling problems can happen to anyone from any walk of life. Your gambling goes from a fun, harmless diversion to an unhealthy obsession with serious consequences. Whether you bet on sports, scratchies, roulette, poker, blackjack or slots in a casino, at the track, or online. A gambling problem can strain your relationships, interfere with work, and lead to financial disaster. You may even do things you never thought you would, like running up huge debts and sometimes losing absolutelyeverything.

Gambling addiction also known as pathological gambling, compulsive gambling or gambling disorder an impulse control disorder. If you’re a compulsive gambler, you can’t control the impulse to gamble, even when it has negative consequences for you or your loved ones. You’ll gamble whether you’re up or down, broke or flush, and you’ll keep gambling regardless of the consequences even when you know that the odds are against you or you can’t afford to lose.

Of course, you can also have a gambling problem without being totally out of control. Problem gambling is any gambling behavior that disrupts your life. If you’re preoccupied with gambling, spending more and more time and money on it, chasing losses, or gambling despite serious consequences in your life, you have a gambling problem.

A gambling addiction or problem is often associated with other behavior or mood disorders. Many problem gamblers also suffer with substance abuse issues, unmanaged ADHD, stress, depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder. 

Gambling addiction is destroying lives!!! 

We need awareness and we need change!!!  

***Side note on those “free” offers casinos send you

Casinos will flood you with “Free” offers that include Free slot Play, Free Cruises, Free gifts, Free Dinners, Free Hotel stay,free gift cards etc… to entice people to come back. 

Now let’s say you lose hundreds of thousands of dollars but don’t play any money through a few times and only play their “free play” they offered you, they will then block your card for future promotions because of not playing any money through on those few trips. 

Let’s make a difference for the new players to be aware of the damage that gambling can cause. 

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