Can the Cigarette Ban in Britain Force Bingo Enthusiasts On to the Internet?

by Heath on March 21st, 2016

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Much has been talked in the papers recently concerning the bingo industry struggling as a result of the smoking ban in Britain. Things have grown so awful that in Scotland the Bingo industry has requested big tax breaks to help keep the industry alive. But can the online variation of this classic game offer a lifeline, or will it not compare to its real life relative?

Bingo has been an classic game generally enjoyed by the "blue haired" generation. For all that the game recently had undergone a recent return in popularity with younger men and women opting to hit the bingo parlors instead of the clubs on a Friday night. This is all about to be reversed with the legislating of the smoking ban all over United Kingdom.

No longer will enthusiasts be allowed to smoke while dabbing numbers. Starting in the summer of ‘07 every public location will not be permitted to allow cigarettes in their venues and this includes Bingo parlours, which are possibly the most favored locations where many people enjoy smoking.

The results of the smoking ban can already be observed in Scotland where cigarettes are already illegal in the bingo halls. Profits have dropped and the industry is absolutely fighting for to stay alive. But where have the players gone? Surely they have not abandoned this age old game?

The answer is on the net. Players know that they can participate in bingo using their computer at the same time enjoying a beverage and cig and in the end, enjoy massive prizes. This is a recent phenomenon and has timed itself almost perfectly with the ban on smoking.

Of course playing online is unlikely to replace the communal aspect of heading down to the bingo parlour, but for a demographic of players the governing edicts have left a good many bingo enthusiasts with no alternative.

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