Could the Smoking Ban in Britain Take Bingo Enthusiasts On to the Net?

by Heath on August 31st, 2019

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An abundance has been reported in the papers just a while ago concerning the bingo industry struggling as a consequence of the anti cigarette law in the UK. Conditions have become so awful that in Scotland the Bingo industry has asked for huge tax breaks to help keep the businesses alive. However does the internet adaptation of this quintessential game provide a escape, or might it never compare to its real life kin?

Bingo is an age old game usually enjoyed by the "blue rinse" generation. For all that the game lately had seen a recent return in popularity with younger men and women opting to go to the bingo parlors rather than the clubs on a Friday night. All this is about to change with the enforcement of the smoking ban across UK.

Players will no longer be permitted to puff on cigarettes at the same time marking numbers. Starting in the summer of 2007 all public locations will no longer be allowed to permit cigarettes in their locations and this includes Bingo parlours, one of the most common places where players like to smoke.

The outcome of the anti smoking law can already be seen in Scotland where cigarettes are already not permitted in the bingo halls. Numbers have plummeted and the business is literally fighting for to stay alive. But where have all the players gone? Surely they haven’t forgotten this ancient game?

The answer is on the net. People realise that they can gamble on bingo using their computer whilst enjoying a drink and fag and still enjoy monstrous prizes. This is a recent anomaly and has happened almost perfectly with the anti cigarette law.

Of course betting on on the web is unlikely to replace the social aspect of heading over to the bingo parlour, but for a demographic of men and women the rules have left a good many bingo enthusiasts with no alternative.

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