According to a YouGov survey conducted in the UK, most of the public wants a total ban on gambling advertisements, and three-quarters of the people included in this survey want tighter restrictions across the nation.
The Majority of the Public Support a Total Ban on Gambling Ads
According to a YouGov survey, the majority of the 12,247 people surveyed in the UK support a total ban on gambling ads, and three-quarters of them want tighter restrictions nationwide. The survey is part of broader research on public health by the anti-smoking group ASH.
Moreover, the survey stated that 77% of the people support a ban on gambling advertising on radio and TV, before 9 pm, with a similar number wanting gambling ads banned online, which also embraces social media.
The majority of people residing in the UK want gambling ads banned, poll finds.
Of the 12,247 people surveyed, 14% of all the people checked opposed the gambling ban, with nearly two-thirds of adults and more than half of children in favour of the measure.
Gambling is addictive and “should be no different” from tobacco in the way that its marketing is restricted, said the RSPH chief executive, Christina Marriott:
“Given the harm that gambling can inflict on individuals, families, workplaces and communities, we need to take a stronger stand against it being embedded into our social and cultural lives,” said Marriott. We no longer allow airtime to other products which harm our health, like tobacco products; gambling should be no different.”
RSPH Pressures the UK Government for Tighter Regulation on Ads
The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) used the survey as an influence to request from the UK government to review the gambling regulation and reduce gambling ads on all media channels: online, TV, and radio. The government has recently announced that it would ban ads for junk food on broadcast media and online before 9 pm, as well as the gambling ads.
Since last year, the UK gambling industry has implemented anti-money laundering practices and tighter identity verification checks.
Since 2020, the UK gambling industry has implemented anti-money laundering practices and tighter identity verification checks. Also, ever since last year, the government started to spend more money on education, treatment, and research linked to gambling addiction.
Namely, the UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) announced a license fee increase for all businesses, including the gambling sector, as of October 1.