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    Gambling Policy Framework
    (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, 2024-03-27) Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
    This document presents the latest evidence around gambling-related harms and the policies that can mitigate them. The overarching message of the Framework is that to reduce gambling-related harms, focus must shift from the individual who gambles to the context in which gambling takes place. To that end, it proposes nine evidence-informed recommendations towards a public health approach to gambling.
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    Exploring the prevalence of gambling marketing: An analysis of the prevalence of marketing across televised and social media coverage of NBA and NHL in Ontario
    (University of Bristol, 2024-01) Wheaton, Jamie; Rossi, Raffaello; Moxey, Maria; Tozzi, Edoardo; Moradipour, Saeid
    This report details the findings of a joint project undertaken as a collaboration between University of Bristol and CBC News. The project deployed well-established data collection and analytic methods to explore the prevalence of gambling-related marketing on television (as broadcasted in Ontario) and social media during basketball (NBA) and ice hockey (NHL) matches between the 25th and 29th of October 2023.
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    Annual report 2022-23, Alberta Gambling Research Institute
    (Alberta Gambling Research Institute, 2023-11-29) Alberta Gambling Research Institute
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    2019 Prince Edward Island Gambling Prevalence Study
    (Maritime SPOR SUPPORT Unit (MSSU), 2021-07) MacSwain Standing, Mary-Ann; Kydd, Robyn
    In 2018, the Prince Edward Island (PEI) Department of Health and Wellness contracted the PEI Maritime SPOR SUPPORT Unit (MSSU) to study the prevalence of gambling and problem gambling in Prince Edward Island. The primary purpose of this study was to provide updated prevalence estimates for gambling and at-risk gambling, examine the socio-demographic characteristics associated with at-risk gambling, and identify potential subgroups of at-risk gamblers for more in-depth study. Due to expansion of the availability of online gambling in recent years, an additional objective was to estimate the prevalence of in-person and online gambling, and to examine the socio-demographic characteristics and gambling behaviours associated with different methods of access.
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    A review of BCLC’s voluntary self-exclusion program: Client behaviours, experiences, and perceptions
    (British Columbia Lottery Corporation, 2022-08) McCormick, Amanda V.; Cohen, Irwin M.; Davies, Garth
    Executive Summary: The objectives of this study were to assess the experiences and perceptions of VSE program participants and to measure the effects of the program on their gambling. In addition, BCLC was interested in learning about the various informal and formal supports used by VSE clients during their exclusion and the effects of the VSE program on client’s quality of life. Another objective was to understand more about the factors that contribute to program violation attempts. In addition, there was interest in understanding at what point during the exclusion period do VSE clients experience reductions in problem gambling symptoms, if at all. Given these objectives, the current study offered VSE clients participation in several telephone interviews along with a weekly online survey. As with the prior studies conducted by these authors on BCLC’s VSE program, participants were introduced to the study during their enrollment into the land-based VSE program. Those who consented to participate in the study were contacted by members of the research team to schedule a telephone interview. Study participants were recruited between May 2019 and March 2020 at which point recruitment for the study concluded because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the closure of formal gaming venues across British Columbia. During the recruitment period, 3,911 people enrolled or re-enrolled into the VSE program. In total, 6.6% of these clients (n = 262) consented to have their name forwarded to the research team, and 3.3% (n = 128) participated in the first interview.