Will the Anti Smoking Law in England Force Bingo Players On to the Internet?

by Heath on June 21st, 2021

Much has been reported in the papers recently concerning the bingo industry singing the blues because of the anti smoking law in the United Kingdom. Conditions have grown so awful that in Scotland the Bingo industry has asked for huge tax cuts to help keep the industry from going bankrupt. However does the web variation of this traditional game offer a escape, or will it not compare to its land based kin?

Bingo is an familiar game normally enjoyed by the "blue haired" generation. However the game of late had witnessed a recent return in appeal with younger men and women opting to hit the bingo parlors rather than the clubs on a weekend. All this is about to change with the enacting of the smoking ban around United Kingdom.

Players will no longer be able to smoke at the same time marking off their numbers. From the summer of 2007 all public locations will not be allowed to permit cigarettes in their buildings and this includes Bingo parlours, one of the most favored areas where people like to smoke.

The results of the anti cigarette law can already be seen in Scotland where cigarettes are already illegal in the bingo parlours. Numbers have plummeted and the business is literally fighting for its life. But where did all the players go? Certainly they haven’t given up on this familiar game?

The answer is on the net. People realize that they can bet on bingo using their computer whilst enjoying a drink and cig and still enjoy big prizes. This is a recent phenomenon and has timed itself bordering on perfect with the ban on smoking.

Of course betting on online is unlikely to replace the communal portion of going down to the bingo parlor, but for a group of men and women the governing edicts have left a lot of bingo enthusiasts with little choice.

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