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‘Potential is huge for serious problems’

There’s tuition to pay, books to buy and a stomach to feed. Yet itseems some Nova Scotia university and college students have foundanother way to spend money.

There’s tuition to pay, books to buy and a stomach to feed. Yet it seems some Nova Scotia university and college students have found another way to spend money.

“More and more young people are gambling,” said Nova Scotia Gaming Corporation’s Robyn McIsaac. “People under 19 are gambling three times more than adults — even though it’s illegal … That has to translate into the younger age of majority — from 19 to 25-year-olds.”

It’s for reasons like this one that the corporation’s annual Responsible Gambling Awareness Week, which kicked off yesterday, is partially geared toward raising awareness of problem gambling among post-secondary students.

The corporation will visit two local universities this week — Mount Saint Vincent and Dalhousie — for kts2, an interactive problem gambling awareness program put together by the Responsible Gaming Council. Highlights include looking at the real chances of winning and losing in gambling, and the signs of when there are problems.

Online games, along with poker and roulette at casinos, are types of gambling students seem to connect with most.

“They’re a whole new generation … they’ve not only grown up with legal gambling, but video games, electronics and so on,” said Kerry Chambers, a gambling researcher in Halifax who works with the Nova Scotia Gaming Foundation.

“The potential is huge for serious problems.”

 
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