The owners of Vlts and Slot machines in Canada, which are the citizens of each province, have posters in the establishments which house them, that tell the players to:
• Play Smart
• Gamble responsibly
• Always Set a limit, Stay within it
• Think about how you spend your time and money
And yet our research shows that the games on these machines:
The above mentioned list makes up the WARNING LABELS which we believe should be mandatory and covering at least 75% of each Vlt and Slot machine utilized as 'the people's fundraisers', in the same way the government forces the tobacco companies to print on their packaging. Without warning labels like these, these machines are 'entrapment' rather than 'entertainment' because the citizens are not able to make informed choices when deciding to go play them, and also when deciding to accept or reject them in their communities or as fundraisers for their charity groups.
We also believe that had these warnings been plastered on each machine when first brought into our communities, many of our fellow citizens would still be alive today and many more would not have lost everything they own, including their families, friends and jobs, nor would so many of them be living with anxiety and depression, nor having suicidal thoughts, nor have committed crimes or shameful acts to feed their addiction nor have gone to jail.