Will the Smoking Ban in the UK Take Bingo Enthusiasts Online?

by Heath on November 14th, 2021

A lot has been reported in the papers recently concerning the bingo industry being hurt as a result of the anti cigarette law in England. Conditions have grown so bad that in Scotland the Bingo industry has requested massive aid to help keep the businesses alive. However can the net adaptation of this classic game provide a lifeline, or might it never compare to its real life relative?

Bingo is an enduring game generally played by the "blue haired" generation. Although the game recently had undergone a recent comeback in acceptance with younger people opting to hit the bingo parlors in place of the clubs on a weekend. This is all about to get flipped on its head with the enforcement of the smoking ban throughout Britain.

Players will no longer be permitted to puff on cigarettes at the same time marking numbers. Starting in the summer of 2007 every public area will no longer be permitted to allow cigarettes in their venues and this includes Bingo parlours, which are possibly the most popular locations where folks enjoy smoking.

The results of the cigarette ban can already be felt in Scotland where cigarettes are already barred in the bingo halls. Numbers have dropped and the industry is literally fighting for its life. But where have all the players gone? Surely they haven’t cast aside this established game?

The answer is on the net. People realise that they can enjoy bingo from their computer whilst enjoying a beer and smoke and in the end, enjoy big cash rewards. This is a recent anomaly and has timed itself bordering on perfect with the anti cigarette law.

Of course wagering on on the net will never replace the communal aspect of heading over to the bingo parlour, but for a demographic of people the rules have left a lot of bingo players with no alternative.

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