The operators of VLTs and Slot machines in Canada, have posters
in the establishments that house these machines, which 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 the games on these machines:
The above mentioned is a list of our suggested WARNING LABELS which we believe should be mandatory and covering at least 75% of each VLT and Slot machine owned by the Canadian provincials governments, in the same way the government forces the tobacco companies to do on their packaging. Without warning labels, these machines become 'entrapment' rather than 'entertainment' because the citizens are not able to make fully informed choices when deciding to go play them, or when deciding to accept or reject them in their communities and 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. There also wouldn't be so many of our citizens living with anxiety and depression, having suicidal thoughts or committing crimes or shameful acts to feed their addiction to these machines.