NANNYING ministers plan to display ‘gambling kills’ cigarette-style messages on all bets under the craziest rules.
New laws would see banners designed by health chiefs appear on all betting slips – alongside average loss statistics.
The details appear in the new white paper on gambling reform which calls for a “robust, public health-focused approach to safer gaming messages throughout the user journey”.
The document, parts of which have been leaked to The Sun, claims the approach will educate punters “about the risks of gambling and the associated harms”.
But in its findings, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) admits that warnings will not stop problem gamers and admits that there is no one-size-fits-all solution to reducing the harm linked gambling.
Critics accused officials of policing the fun.
A Tory MP said: ‘It sounds like an exaggeration on the part of the DCMS.
“Industry and charity partners are already doing leading work in the fight against gambling addiction.
“The proposed solutions could even make the situation worse for problem gamblers who will simply place bets with unregulated black market bookmakers.”
The white paper is due to be published next week – despite rumors outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson will delete it to let his successor present it to Parliament.
A DCMS spokesperson said: “We are undertaking the most comprehensive review of gambling laws in 15 years to ensure they are fit for the digital age.”
He said the white paper was part of the review.