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ESCSB Joins 2023 Gift Responsibly Campaign to Raise Awareness of Youth Gambling Risks

The ESCSB is a participant in the 2023 Gift Responsibly Campaign, joining lotteries and community organizations across North America and around the world to raise awareness about the risks of underage lottery use. The campaign is organized by the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) and the International Center for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors at McGill University.

Research shows that the earlier a person’s participation or exposure to gambling is in childhood, the more likely they are to develop a gambling problem later in life. Gambling exposure during childhood is often through some kind of lottery product, such as lottery tickets or scratch-offs. Often these items are given to a child by an adult who is unaware of the associated risks.

Why are we participating in the 2023 Gift Responsibly Campaign?

  • Children who gamble before the age of 12 are at four times greater risk of developing a gambling problem later in life.
  • Large numbers of young people report having their first gambling experience around 9-11 years of age.
  • Adult problem gamblers report gambling onset between the ages of 10-19.
  • 80% of high school students report having gambled for money in the past year.
  • Lottery scratch-off tickets are a possible gateway to other gambling activities.

During December, the ESCSB will work to promote awareness about the risks of underage lottery use by social media and a media campaign via WESR radio.

“The potential long-term risks associated with underage gambling exposure cannot be understated,” said Keith Whyte, NCPG Executive Director. “I commend each Gift Responsibly Campaign participant for their commitment to raising awareness about the risks of youth gambling. Now, more than ever, we must continue to insist that lottery tickets are never appropriate gifts for children.”

About the National Council on Problem Gambling

The National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) is neutral on legalized gambling. Based in Washington DC, NCPG is the only national nonprofit organization that seeks to minimize the economic and social costs associated with gambling addiction. If you or someone you know may have a gambling problem, contact the National Problem Gambling Helpline, which offers hope and help without stigma or shame. Call or text 1-800-GAMBLER or visit www.1800gamblerchat.org. Help is available 24/7 – it is free and confidential.

About International Center for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors at McGill University

For over 20 years, the International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors at McGill University has been at the forefront of leading-edge research aimed at identifying and understanding the critical factors related to youth gambling issues.