Could the Anti Smoking Law in England Drive Bingo Players On to the Internet?

by Heath on November 20th, 2015

Much has been written in the press recently concerning the bingo industry struggling because of the anti smoking law in the UK. Things have become so awful that in Scotland the Bingo industry has requested massive tax breaks to help keep the industry afloat. However will the internet version of this quintessential game present a escape, or will it never compare to its bricks and mortar opposite?

Bingo has been an ancient game historically enjoyed by the "blue rinse" generation. In any case the game lately had seen a recent increase in popularity with younger people opting to visit the bingo halls instead of the discos on a weekend. This is all about to be reversed with the introduction of the anti smoking law around Britain.

No longer will players be allowed to smoke whilst marking numbers. From the summer of ‘07 all public areas will not be permitted to allow cigarettes in their buildings and this includes Bingo parlours, which are possibly the most common places where folks like to smoke.

The effects of the cigarette ban can already be observed in Scotland where cigarettes are already banned in the bingo parlors. Players have dropped and the industry is literally struggling for to stay alive. But where have the players gone? Certainly they haven’t given up on this ancient game?

The answer is on the internet. People realize that they can bet on bingo in front of their computer at the same time enjoying a beverage and cigarette and in the end, have a chance at big cash rewards. This is a recent phenomenon and has happened just about perfectly with the anti cigarette law.

Of course playing on the net can never replace the collective aspect of going over to the bingo hall, but for a group of men and women the law has left a lot of bingo players with no choice.

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