Group criticizes N.S. gambling commercials featuring young athletes

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HALIFAX - An anti-gambling group is calling for the resignation of Nova Scotia Gaming Corp. executives over an advertising campaign that features young athletes.
Members of says the gaming corporation has violated its own advertising standards with its Support 4 Sport campaign.
Group director Terry Fulmer says Nova Scotia Gaming "is using underage and youth athletes to promote gambling."
The gaming corporation has been running a series of television commercials profiling young Nova Scotia athletes who have received funds for training from gaming revenues.
Debbie Langille, a recovering VLT addict, says the campaign is designed to convince Nova Scotians that gambling isn't harmful and adds that using young people to push gambling is the last straw.
Adrienne Power, a sprinter who competed in the 200 metres at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, is featured in one of the commercial spots.

Organizations: Nova Scotia Gaming

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, HALIFAX

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