Will the Smoking Ban in England Force Bingo Enthusiasts On to the Net?

by Heath on December 7th, 2019

A lot has been reported in the press recently regarding the bingo industry struggling because of the anti cigarette law in Britain. Things have become so poor that in Scotland the Bingo industry has demanded massive tax cuts to help keep the industry afloat. But does the online variation of this traditional game provide a reprieve, or will it not compare to its bricks and mortar relative?

Bingo has been an classic game generally played by the "blue haired" generation. However the game lately had undergone a recent return in acceptance with younger men and women opting to hit the bingo parlors rather than the bars on a Saturday night. This is all about to be destroyed with the introduction of the anti cigarette law throughout Britain.

No more will gamblers be allowed to smoke whilst marking numbers. Starting in the summer of 2007 every public area will no longer be permitted to allow cigarettes in their buildings and this includes Bingo parlours, one of the most favorite locations where many people enjoy smoking.

The results of the smoking ban can already be felt in Scotland where cigarettes are already barred in the bingo halls. Profits have dropped and the business is literally fighting for its life. But where have the players gone? Surely they haven’t cast aside this ancient game?

The answer is on the web. People realize that they can enjoy bingo in front of their computer whilst enjoying a beverage and smoke and still have a chance at monstrous jackpots. This is a recent anomaly and has timed itself bordering on perfect with the ban on cigarettes.

Of course playing online can never replace the social portion of going over to the bingo hall, but for a demographic of players the governing edicts have left many bingo enthusiasts with little option.

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