Can the Cigarette Ban in England Take Bingo Enthusiasts On to the Web?

by Heath on March 5th, 2021

A lot has been written in the papers not long ago concerning the bingo industry singing the blues as a consequence of the cigarette ban in Britain. Conditions have grown so poor that in Scotland the Bingo industry has asked for huge tax breaks to help keep the industry from going bankrupt. But can the internet version of this traditional game provide a lifeline, or might it never compare to its land based kin?

Bingo is an established game historically played by the "blue rinse" generation. For all that the game of late had experienced a recent increase in appeal with younger men and women deciding to visit the bingo parlours rather than the discos on a Saturday night. This is all about to be destroyed with the enforcement of the anti smoking law around UK.

No more will enthusiasts be able to puff on cigarettes while marking numbers. Starting in the summer of ‘07 every public place will not be permitted to allow smoking in their locations and this includes Bingo halls, which are possibly the most favorite locations where many people like to smoke.

The outcome of the smoking ban can already be seen in Scotland where cigarettes are already not permitted in the bingo parlors. Players have plummeted and the business is literally fighting for to stay alive. But where did all the players go? Certainly they have not cast aside this established game?

The answer is on the web. People know that they can gamble on bingo from their computer while enjoying a beverage and smoke and in the end, have a chance at monstrous prizes. This is a recent development and has timed itself bordering on perfect with the ban on smoking.

Of course betting on on the net is unlikely to replace the communal portion of heading over to the bingo hall, but for a group of people the law has left many bingo enthusiasts with no alternative.

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