Will the Smoking Ban in England Drive Bingo Players Online?

by Heath on July 11th, 2021

An abundance has been written in the papers not long ago about the bingo industry being hurt because of the anti smoking law in Britain. Things have become so bad that in Scotland the Bingo industry has demanded massive tax breaks to help keep the industry afloat. But does the net variation of this classic game provide a escape, or might it never compare to its bricks and mortar kin?

Bingo is an enduring game normally enjoyed by the "blue rinse" generation. For all that the game of late had witnessed a recent return in appeal with younger people deciding to hit the bingo parlours rather than the discos on a Friday night. This is all about to be reversed with the enforcement of the anti cigarette law all over UK.

No longer will gamblers be allowed to puff on cigarettes while marking off their numbers. Beginning in the summer of ‘07 every public place will not be permitted to allow smoking in their buildings and this includes Bingo halls, one of the most popular places where players enjoy smoking.

The results of the smoking ban can already be observed in Scotland where cigarettes are already not allowed in the bingo parlors. Players have plummeted and the industry is beyond a doubt struggling for its life. But where have all the players gone? Certainly they haven’t deserted this ancient game?

The answer is on the web. People are now realizing that they can enjoy bingo using their computer at the same time enjoying a cocktail and cig and in the end, have a chance at huge cash rewards. This is a recent phenomenon and has happened almost perfectly with the anti cigarette law.

Of course wagering on on the net can never replace the communal portion of heading down to the bingo hall, but for a demographic of people the governing edicts have left a lot of bingo players with little alternative.

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