Could the Cigarette Ban in England Force Bingo Players On to the Net?

by Heath on August 15th, 2023

Much has been stated in the press just a while ago concerning the bingo industry struggling as a consequence of the cigarette ban in Britain. Conditions have grown so poor that in Scotland the Bingo industry has asked for huge aid to assist in keeping the industry alive. However can the internet variation of this quintessential game provide a lifeline, or will it never compare to its bricks and mortar kin?

Bingo has been an classic game generally played by the "blue haired" generation. In any case the game recently had witnessed a recent comeback in acceptance with younger men and women deciding to go to the bingo parlors instead of the bars on a weekend. This is all about to get flipped on its head with the introduction of the anti smoking law across Britain.

Players will no longer be permitted to smoke while marking numbers. From the summer of 2007 every public place will not be allowed to permit cigarettes in their locations and this includes Bingo parlors, one of the most popular locations where players enjoy smoking.

The outcome of the cigarette ban can already be felt in Scotland where smoking is already illegal in the bingo halls. Profits have plummeted and the business is beyond a doubt fighting for its life. But where did all the players go? Obviously they have not given up on this familiar game?

The answer is on the internet. Gamblers are now realizing that they can gamble on bingo in front of their computer whilst enjoying a drink and cigarette and in the end, enjoy monstrous jackpots. This is a recent phenomenon and has timed itself almost perfectly with the anti cigarette law.

Of course betting on on the internet is unlikely to replace the collective portion of going down to the bingo parlour, but for a demographic of men and women the governing edicts have left many bingo players with no option.

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