Can the Anti Cigarette Law in England Force Bingo Enthusiasts On to the Internet?

by Heath on January 18th, 2020

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Much has been written in the papers not long ago regarding the bingo industry struggling as a result of the cigarette ban in the United Kingdom. Conditions have grown so bad that in Scotland the Bingo industry has demanded huge aid to assist in keeping the industry from going bankrupt. But will the internet version of this traditional game provide a escape, or might it never compare to its real life equivalent?

Bingo has been an familiar game generally enjoyed by the "blue rinse" generation. Although the game lately had seen a recent resurgence in appeal with younger people deciding to go to the bingo halls instead of the discos on a Saturday night. This is all about to be reversed with the introduction of the anti cigarette law throughout Britain.

No more will players be able to smoke whilst marking numbers. Starting in the summer of 2007 all public locations will not be permitted to allow smoking in their buildings and this includes Bingo parlours, which are possibly the most common places where people enjoy smoking.

The outcome of the anti smoking law can already be observed in Scotland where smoking is already illegal in the bingo parlors. Profits have plunged and the industry is absolutely fighting for its life. But where did all the players go? Surely they haven’t deserted this familiar game?

The answer is on the net. People realize that they can wager on bingo using their computer at the same time enjoying a drink and cig and in the end, enjoy huge jackpots. This is a recent anomaly and has timed itself bordering on perfect with the ban on smoking.

Of course gambling on online is unlikely to replace the collective aspect of going over to the bingo parlor, but for a group of players the law has left a good many bingo players with no choice.

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