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article imageStudy says 1/3 of Ontario teens 15-17 gamble

By Brandigal (Donna)     Jan 25, 2007 in Environment
More than one-third of Ontario teens who participated in the first-ever study to examine the gambling habits of students aged 15 to 17 are already gambling.
Responsible Gambling Council conducted a study on teens and gambling.
The study found that over 1/3 of teens between the ages of 15 to 17 are already gambling. The study says by the time they are 20 the number will have doubled.
Most play poker but others buy lottery tickets and scratch tickets. Not sure how they themselves can buy them as it is illegal under the age of 18.
Sports betting and dice were the next highest and then online gambling was also in the ranks.
Of those respondents who admitted to gambling, 3.9 per cent said they’re already experiencing gambling problems. That number jumps to 6.9 per cent in the case of gamblers aged 18 to 24.said Kelly, chief executive of the council.
They are trying to educate teens on the dangers of gambling by doing a play called "House of Cards".
It is about a university student who develops a gambling problem while playing online poker.
Consumer advocate Sol Boxenbaum said “Normally, compulsive gamblers don’t look for help until they’ve completely bottomed out, and young people don’t bottom out because they come home to where rent is paid . . . supper’s on the table,”
I am not sure how they can stop teens from gambling as the laws are already in place that are suppose to stop this. Kids under age 18 cannot buy lottery tickets, go into casinos under the age of 19.
I must admit i did not realize that many teens were gambling. This was a shock to me.
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