Might the Smoking Ban in Britain Force Bingo Players Online?

by Heath on October 19th, 2015

An abundance has been stated in the press not long ago about the bingo industry being hurt as a consequence of the anti smoking law in the UK. Things have become so poor that in Scotland the Bingo industry has called for big tax breaks to help keep the businesses alive. However will the web adaptation of this quintessential game present a salvation, or will it never compare to its land based kin?

Bingo is an age old game generally played by the "blue rinse" generation. However the game of late had seen a recent increase in appeal with younger people deciding to visit the bingo parlours in place of the clubs on a Friday night. All this is about to be reversed with the introduction of the anti cigarette law across UK.

No longer will players be allowed to puff on cigarettes at the same time marking numbers. Starting in the summer of 2007 all public locations will not be permitted to allow smoking in their buildings and this includes Bingo parlors, one of the most common places where many people enjoy smoking.

The effects of the cigarette ban can already be looked at in Scotland where smoking is already forbidden in the bingo parlors. Players have dropped and the industry is beyond a doubt fighting for its life. But where did all the players go? Certainly they have not abandoned this ancient game?

The answer is on the net. People are now realizing that they can gamble on bingo using their computer at the same time enjoying a beverage and cigarette and still enjoy massive jackpots. This is a recent development and has timed itself almost perfectly with the anti smoking law.

Of course betting on on the web is unlikely to replace the collective aspect of going down to the bingo parlor, but for a demographic of people the law has left a lot of bingo players with little choice.

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