Gambling with the nation's health?

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7014.1225 (Published 04 November 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1225
  1. Eoin O' Brien
  1. Professor of cardiovascular medicine Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Medical School, Dublin 2, Republic of Ireland

    Lottery is immoral

    The whore and gambler, by the state Licensed, build that nation's fate.

    William Blake, Auguries of Innocence

    EDITOR,--Martin McKee and Franco Sassi's editorial raises an issue that has been largely ignored in the polemic arising since the introduction of the National Lottery.1 Well directed and amply endowed publicity can realise whatever it sets out to achieve, and selling vice is no exception. When governments set about peddling vice, however, perhaps we need to wake up and ask some questions. None would argue but that gambling is a vice--one in which most of us indulge from time …

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