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Casino gambling in Switzerland - The legal situation, politics and prospects for prevention and harm reduction


Dombrowski, D; Uchtenhagen, Ambros; Rehm, Jürgen (2001). Casino gambling in Switzerland - The legal situation, politics and prospects for prevention and harm reduction. Journal of Gambling Issues, (4):online.

Abstract

In April 2000, a new law came into effect in Switzerland that permits casino gambling with unlimited stakes for the first time since 1921. Casinos can now be run only with a concession granted by a newly established federal agency. In addition to economic and administrative information, each casino applying for a concession has to submit a fully developed “social concept” that includes detailed prevention measures for dealing with people with gambling problems, staff training and evaluation research, which an independent advisory board will control. In the fall of 2001, the first casino concessions will be granted based on the quality of each applicant's overall proposal.
The new legislation is creating a unique situation in Switzerland. To reduce the potential harm for gamblers that is associated with new forms of gambling, the legislation should be standardized and continuously optimized. These new measures require evaluation and government control.

In April 2000, a new law came into effect in Switzerland that permits casino gambling with unlimited stakes for the first time since 1921. Casinos can now be run only with a concession granted by a newly established federal agency. In addition to economic and administrative information, each casino applying for a concession has to submit a fully developed “social concept” that includes detailed prevention measures for dealing with people with gambling problems, staff training and evaluation research, which an independent advisory board will control. In the fall of 2001, the first casino concessions will be granted based on the quality of each applicant's overall proposal.
The new legislation is creating a unique situation in Switzerland. To reduce the potential harm for gamblers that is associated with new forms of gambling, the legislation should be standardized and continuously optimized. These new measures require evaluation and government control.

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Item Type:Journal Article, not refereed, further contribution
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Swiss Research Institute for Public Health and Addiction
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Uncontrolled Keywords:Switzerland;harm reduction
Language:English, German
Date:2001
Deposited On:28 May 2014 08:22
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 17:47
Publisher:Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (Toronto)
ISSN:1494-5185
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.4309/jgi.2001.4.18
Permanent URL: https://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-94599

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