Will the Cigarette Ban in the UK Take Bingo Players On to the Net?

by Heath on November 10th, 2019

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An abundance has been reported in the papers not long ago regarding the bingo industry being hit as a consequence of the smoking ban in Britain. Things have grown so poor that in Scotland the Bingo industry has demanded big tax cuts to assist in keeping the businesses from going bankrupt. But will the internet version of this quintessential game present a escape, or will it not compare to its real life relative?

Bingo has been an familiar game generally enjoyed by the "blue haired" generation. However the game recently had seen a recent increase in popularity with younger members of society opting to visit the bingo halls rather than the bars on a weekend. This is all about to be reversed with the introduction of the anti smoking law all over Britain.

No longer will enthusiasts be permitted to puff on cigarettes whilst marking numbers. Beginning in the summer of ‘07 every public area will not be allowed to permit cigarettes in their locations and this includes Bingo halls, which are possibly the most favored locations where people like to puff on cigarettes.

The effects of the smoking ban can already be felt in Scotland where cigarettes are already banned in the bingo parlours. Players have plummeted and the industry is literally fighting for to stay alive. But where did all the players go? Certainly they have not abandoned this age old game?

The answer is on the net. Gamblers realize that they can participate in bingo using their computer whilst enjoying a drink and cigarette and in the end, enjoy huge prizes. This is a recent development and has timed itself almost perfectly with the anti cigarette law.

Of course wagering on online is unlikely to replace the social part of going over to the bingo parlour, but for a group of men and women the governing edicts have left a good many bingo enthusiasts with little choice.

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