Gambling harms caused by electronic gambling machines should be prevented with state control

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Järvinen-Tassopoulos , J , Marionneau , V & Nikkinen , J 2021 , ' Gambling harms caused by electronic gambling machines should be prevented with state control ' , Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs , vol. 38 , no. 6 , 14550725211034030 , pp. 631-639 . https://doi.org/10.1177/14550725211034030

Title: Gambling harms caused by electronic gambling machines should be prevented with state control
Author: Järvinen-Tassopoulos, Johanna; Marionneau, Virve; Nikkinen, Janne
Contributor organization: Helsinki Inequality Initiative (INEQ)
Centre for Research on Addiction, Control and Governance
Date: 2021-12-01
Language: eng
Number of pages: 9
Belongs to series: Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs
ISSN: 1455-0725
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/14550725211034030
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/336923
Abstract: Unlike in other Nordic countries, most of the electronic gambling machines (EGMs) are placed outside the Casino Helsinki and the gambling arcades in Finland. The placement of EGMs in non-casino locations, such as supermarkets, kiosks, and petrol stations, is matter of serious concern. We argue that availability and accessibility of EGMs has led to normalisation and banalisation of gambling in Finland. Exposure to EGMs also put at risk vulnerable populations and problem gamblers, who already suffer from the negative consequences of gambling harms. Gambling companies’ self-regulation initiatives and corporate social responsibility programmes are not enough to prevent and limit EGM related gambling harms. We suggest that Finland should follow Norway’s example and limit the availability of EGMs and transfer them from non-casino locations to gambling arcades. Finnish EGM policy should be a question of public policy guided by public health concerns.
Subject: 5141 Sociology
electronic gambling machines
Finland
gambling harms
gambling policy
prevention
public health
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: cc_by_nc
Usage restriction: openAccess
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