Can the Smoking Ban in the United Kingdom Drive Bingo Enthusiasts On to the Internet?

by Heath on June 12th, 2021

A lot has been written in the press recently concerning the bingo industry struggling because of the cigarette ban in the United Kingdom. Conditions have grown so bad that in Scotland the Bingo industry has demanded huge tax cuts to assist in keeping the businesses from going bankrupt. However does the internet version of this quintessential game offer a escape, or will it not compare to its land based kin?

Bingo is an age old game usually played by the "blue rinse" generation. In any case the game recently had seen a recent comeback in appeal with younger people deciding to go to the bingo parlors in place of the discos on a weekend. All this is about to be destroyed with the introduction of the cigarette ban throughout United Kingdom.

Players will no longer be allowed to smoke at the same time dabbing numbers. Starting in the summer of ‘07 all public places will not be permitted to allow smoking in their buildings and this includes Bingo halls, one of the most popular places where people enjoy smoking.

The outcome of the anti smoking law can already be felt in Scotland where cigarettes are already not permitted in the bingo halls. Profits have plunged and the industry is beyond a doubt struggling for its life. But where have the players gone? Surely they have not given up on this age old game?

The answer is online. Players realize that they can enjoy bingo from their computer whilst enjoying a cocktail and fag and still have a chance at big prizes. This is a recent phenomenon and has timed itself just about perfectly with the anti cigarette law.

Of course betting on on the web is unlikely to replace the social portion of going down to the bingo parlour, but for a group of players the law has left many bingo players with no option.

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