“Today’s announcement demonstrates the Southwest Kansas Problem Gambling Taskforce commitment to corporate social responsibility through the Gift Responsibly Campaign, which raises awareness about the risks associated with giving lottery products as gifts to minors during the holiday season -- or any time of the year,“ said Amy Falcon, Chair of the Taskforce. “Research linking early exposure to gambling to future problem gambling and other risky behaviors is why the Taskforce is involved in the campaign. Our message is a simple one: lottery tickets are appropriate gifts only for adults.”
Non-Lottery Organization support of NCPG’s Gift Responsibly Campaign involves encouraging age-appropriate play through public service announcements, social media, in-store signage, and retailer communications. The campaign will run throughout December.
“We are very appreciative of the Southwest Kansas Problem Gambling Taskforce efforts to educate adults and retailers about the potential consequences associated with underage lottery play,” said NCPG Executive Director Keith Whyte. “The evidence clearly shows that exposure to gambling as a youth increases the probability of gambling problems later in life. Regardless of what time of year it is, adults should find gift options for children other than lottery tickets.”
About the Southwest Kansas Problem Gambling Taskforce
Founded in 2008, the mission of the Southwest Kansas Problem Gambling Task Force is to raise awareness and provide education to individuals, families and communities to reduce the harmful effects of problem gambling. The Task Force is neither for nor against gambling, but concentrates on efforts to help those affected by problem gambling through public awareness, prevention and education programs and ensuring resources are available to problem gamblers and their families.
About the National Council on Problem Gambling
NCPG is the national advocate for people and families affected by problem gambling. NCPG is neutral on legalized gambling and works with all stakeholders to promote responsible gambling. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, call or text the National Problem Gambling Helpline at 1-800-522-4700 or visit www.ncpgambling.org/chat for confidential help.
About International Center for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors at McGill University
For over 20 years, theInternational Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behavioursat McGill University has been at the forefront of leading-edge research aimed at identifying and understanding the critical factors related to youth gambling issues.