A Gambling “health warning”?
For many years cigarette packets have carried warnings that their use may damage the user’s health. The use of such warnings on online gambling websites is one of the recommendations that the European Commission will encourage the different countries to add to their online gambling regulations. There are already some, like France, where online gaming sites and advertisements already have such a warning and also provide a helpline phone number. The Commission would like to see Europe wide protection in online casinos with controls for age and identity and also encouraging self exclusion and providing helpline contacts. The Commission’s recommendations are not legally enforceable but it is hoped that the different countries will increase their vigilance in the area of protecting players and in particular minors and vulnerable people from gambling addiction.
European online gambling growing
The European Union countries provide almost 45 per cent of the world’s online gambling market and advertising plays a large part in the growth of the industry where it is claimed that over 12 percent of this gambling is carried out in online casinos. Income from online casinos in the European Union is expected to reach 13 billion euros by next year. The European Commission says that member states have been seeking a set of common guidelines for protection of users of online gambling sites and it is believed that these recommendations will provide this to vulnerable individuals.