The European Commission has recommended health warnings become a component of online gambling advertisements. (Image: safetyatworkblog.com)
Today, everyone knows the ubiquitous warnings found on packages of cigarettes. They’re just a little different from nation to nation, nevertheless they remind consumers associated with well-known health dilemmas that may appear due to smoking each and every time they look at a pack.
Now, the European Commission wants to see those warnings expanded to a new area: online gambling. The commission will ask countries to in turn request that Internet gaming adverts have warning messages that explain the potential risks of gambling to viewers.
Recommendations Not Binding
The recommendation, apparently part of a draft document which was seen by Reuters, comes as europe is expected to recommend tighter controls in the online gambling industry this week. None of these tips is legally binding, but they could be taken to heart by some countries, especially those which were already considering tighter rules in the sector.
The recommendations suggest warnings about several aspects of gambling. For example, adverts might point out the odds of winning or losing, contain information on ways to get support for problem gambling, or mention the risk of becoming addicted. The EU also recommends a ban on Internet gambling companies acting as sponsors for events that are target (more…)