Will the Smoking Ban in the United Kingdom Take Bingo Players Online?

by Heath on December 6th, 2018

A lot has been stated in the papers recently concerning the bingo industry being hurt as a consequence of the anti cigarette law in Britain. Conditions have grown so bad that in Scotland the Bingo industry has requested big tax breaks to assist in keeping the businesses afloat. However can the internet version of this traditional game provide a escape, or might it never compare to its real life opposite?

Bingo has been an ancient game historically enjoyed by the "blue haired" generation. Although the game lately had witnessed a recent return in popularity with younger members of society opting to visit the bingo parlours instead of the bars on a Saturday night. This is all about to be destroyed with the legislating of the cigarette ban all over UK.

Players will no longer be allowed to puff on cigarettes at the same time marking numbers. From the summer of 2007 all public locations will no longer be permitted to allow cigarettes in their venues and this includes Bingo halls, one of the most common locations where many people like to smoke.

The outcome of the cigarette ban can already be observed in Scotland where smoking is already illegal in the bingo parlours. Numbers have plunged and the business is beyond a doubt struggling for its life. But where have all the players gone? Certainly they have not forgotten this age old game?

The answer is on the web. Players are now realizing that they can participate in bingo using their computer while enjoying a cocktail and smoke and in the end, have a chance at big cash rewards. This is a recent development and has timed itself bordering on perfect with the ban on smoking.

Of course gambling on on the internet could never replace the social portion of going down to the bingo hall, but for a group of players the governing edicts have left a good many bingo players with little alternative.

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