Spanish Minister Criticises 'Jungle Law' On Gambling Advertising

Gambling is a "public health problem" and advertising will need regulation because "right now, it is practically the law of the jungle", Spanish minister of consumer affairs Alberto Garzón has said.

The minister, claiming gambling advertising is a €300m industry with "virtually no" regulation, promised new restrictive measures to be announced in two to three weeks. 

"It is chaos, right now it is practically the law of the jungle," he said.

He did, however, acknowledge that gambling is a legal activity and promised to work with the industry, as well as with Spain's autonomous communities, through which most regulation of land-based facilities is carried out.

The minister made the remarks in a weekend interview with the La Sexta television channel.

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