When we started the process of creating this special issue of Public Health, we were seeking to respond to an increasing call to recognise gambling harms as a public health problem and to address concerns about a potential growing epidemic of harms that threatened the health and well-being of populations across the globe. That this is increasingly being accepted as a public health issue, albeit among a relatively small field of gambling researchers and practitioners, is not in question. However, the question that faced us was what such a response, for this Journal, at this point in time, should look like.

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Griffiths, S., Reith, G., Wardle, H. & Mackie, P. 2020, 'Pandemics and epidemics: public health and gambling harms', Public Health, 184, pp. 1-2. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.puhe.2020.06.022

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