‘People are dying’: Campaigners want gambling classed a public health issue

• Charles and Liz Ritchie’s son Jack killed himself after gambling
• ‘The industry targets vulnerable and those already addicted’

Campaigners for stronger government regulation of gambling have called for it to be classed as a public health concern and for betting companies to be required to prove their products are safe before being allowed to launch them.

Charles and Liz Ritchie, whose son Jack, 24, killed himself after being drawn into gambling at 17, run the campaign Gambling with Lives alongside the parents of other young men whose deaths followed problems with gambling.

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