Could the Cigarette Ban in Britain Take Bingo Enthusiasts On to the Internet?

by Heath on April 22nd, 2020

Much has been written in the papers recently concerning the bingo industry being hurt as a result of the cigarette ban in Britain. Conditions have grown so awful that in Scotland the Bingo industry has demanded huge tax breaks to help keep the businesses alive. However will the internet adaptation of this quintessential game present a lifeline, or will it never compare to its bricks and mortar kin?

Bingo has been an classic game generally played by the "blue haired" generation. However the game of late had seen a recent comeback in acceptance with younger men and women deciding to visit the bingo halls instead of the discos on a Friday night. This is all about to get flipped on its head with the introduction of the cigarette ban around UK.

Players will no longer be permitted to puff on cigarettes while dabbing numbers. From the summer of 2007 every public area will not be allowed to permit smoking in their buildings and this includes Bingo halls, which are possibly the most common areas where people like to puff on cigarettes.

The effects of the anti cigarette law can already be felt in Scotland where cigarettes are already illegal in the bingo halls. Profits have plummeted and the industry is absolutely struggling for its life. But where did all the players go? Obviously they have not abandoned this ancient game?

The answer is on the web. Players know that they can participate in bingo from their computer while enjoying a beverage and cigarette and still have a chance at big jackpots. This is a recent development and has happened bordering on perfect with the ban on cigarettes.

Of course betting on on the internet can never replace the collective part of going down to the bingo parlour, but for a group of people the law has left a lot of bingo players with no choice.

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