Will the Anti Cigarette Law in England Take Bingo Players On to the Web?

by Heath on November 21st, 2019

[ English ]

Much has been reported in the press recently regarding the bingo industry singing the blues because of the anti cigarette law in England. Conditions have become so poor that in Scotland the Bingo industry has requested big tax cuts to help keep the businesses from going bankrupt. However can the online version of this classic game offer a escape, or will it in no way compare to its bricks and mortar equivalent?

Bingo has been an enduring game generally enjoyed by the "blue haired" generation. However the game lately had seen a recent comeback in popularity with younger people deciding to visit the bingo halls rather than the discos on a weekend. All this is about to change with the enacting of the cigarette ban all over England and Wales.

No more will players be able to smoke while marking off their numbers. Beginning in the summer of 2007 every public place will no longer be allowed to permit cigarettes in their venues and this includes Bingo parlors, one of the most favorite locations where players enjoy smoking.

The outcome of the smoking ban can already be observed in Scotland where smoking is already prohibited in the bingo parlors. Numbers have plunged and the business is beyond a doubt struggling for to stay alive. But where have the players gone? Obviously they haven’t cast aside this age old game?

The answer is online. Players know that they can enjoy bingo in front of their computer at the same time enjoying a beverage and cigarette and still have a chance at monstrous prizes. This is a recent anomaly and has happened almost perfectly with the ban on smoking.

Of course playing on the net is unlikely to replace the collective aspect of going down to the bingo hall, but for a group of people the rules have left a number of bingo players with little choice.

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