Should 18-Year-Olds Be Allowed To Play Slots?

Gambling is a fun activity, but it is also one of the most controversial of hobbies. As such, gambling is always under the scrutiny of watchdogs. Here is another controversy stemming from gambling.

In Ohio, teenagers can vote when they turn 18. They can also buy cigarettes at 18. Now, they just might be allowed to play video slot machines. reports:

The legal age to gamble at the state’s new ”racinos” — combination horse tracks and slots parlors — would be 18 under proposed guidelines the Ohio Lottery Commission released Wednesday.

Gov. Ted Strickland and the state legislature last month approved a plan to install up to 2,500 video slots at each of Ohio’s seven horse tracks as a way to raise hundreds of millions of dollars for the state budget.

The Lottery Commission is overseeing the process. It plans to meet Monday to adopt the proposed racino rules, which outline everything from the minimum age to gamble to the state’s cut of the proceeds.

If things go the way they seem to be going, then the proposal will be approved, and more people can legally gamble – at least with video slots. And if the proposal is approved and made a law, Ohio will be joining the ranks of other states like New York, Oklahoma, Rhode Island and South Dakota, which already allow gambling at 18 years old.

My question is this: is this ethical? Is it a good idea to allow people who are practically “children” to engage in gambling, which has (potentially) negative results? You tell me.

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