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News & Notes
Nearly anywhere you go, it’s easy to find children and adults alike transfixed by their phones, and while texting and social media certainly claim a big part of that attention, increasingly it’s gaming that’s drawing us in.
At the World Health Organization’s World Health Assembly on Saturday, member states officially recognized gaming addiction as a modern disease. Last year, the WHO voted to include gaming disorder as an official condition in the draft version of its latest International Classification of Diseases (ICD); the vote finalizes that decision. The WHO’s ICD, currently in its 11th edition, serves as the international standard for diagnosing and treating health conditions.
Scientific Games based in Las Vegas has revealed that it is partnering with the National Council on Problem Gambling once again as it meets international lotteries in the responsible gaming campaign “Gift Responsibly. Lottery Tickets Aren’t Child’s Play.”
The company participating in the 2018′ Gift Responsible ‘ campaign, which also brought together U.S., Canadian and international lotteries, follows the widespread support for the initiative.
Pat McHugh, group chief executive of lottery for Scientific Games stressed: “Scientific Games is one of the first companies to be certified by the World Lottery Association as a responsible gaming supplier.
Gambling is the preferred source of entertainment for millions of people around the world. Most people gamble for recreation, but there are also those who do it because they are incapable of controlling the impulse to place bets.
This serious condition has many names – gambling disorder, compulsive gambling, pathological gambling, gambling addiction. Call it what you will, but one thing is certain – it leads to financial disaster and has the potential to ruin lives and relationships.
As a gambling-industry news outlet, casino guardian recognizes the dangers associated with such lack of control. Their latest infographic aims to help readers acquaint themselves with the symptoms of gambling addiction.