A former CEO of the Responsibility in Gambling Trust knows well the intransigence of the industry and its failure to recognise and fund treatment for problem gambling

Your report (Tax gambling firms to fund addiction treatment, says NHS director, 7 April) is deja vu and depressing in equal measure. From 2004 to 2006, I was the CEO of the then Responsibility in Gambling Trust, which at the time was the body responsible for persuading the gambling industry to voluntarily fund treatment, education and research into problem gambling.

The task was hopeless, as the industry worked to undermine all the evidence and deny their responsibility, blocking use of their funding for education and research into how gambling causes addiction.

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