Can the Smoking Ban in the UK Drive Bingo Players On to the Internet?

by Heath on September 10th, 2023

An abundance has been written in the papers just a while ago regarding the bingo industry being hit as a result of the cigarette ban in the UK. Conditions have grown so poor that in Scotland the Bingo industry has called for huge aid to help keep the businesses afloat. But can the net adaptation of this quintessential game provide a escape, or will it in no way compare to its real life opposite?

Bingo is an enduring game usually played by the "blue rinse" generation. Although the game recently had witnessed a recent increase in popularity with younger members of society deciding to visit the bingo parlors in place of the discos on a Saturday night. All this is about to be reversed with the legislating of the anti smoking law all over UK.

Players will no longer be able to smoke whilst marking off their numbers. From the summer of ‘07 all public places will not be allowed to permit smoking in their locations and this includes Bingo parlours, one of the most popular areas where people enjoy smoking.

The outcome of the anti cigarette law can already be observed in Scotland where smoking is already prohibited in the bingo parlors. Profits have plunged and the industry is absolutely fighting for its life. But where have all the players gone? Surely they haven’t given up on this classic game?

The answer is on the internet. People realise that they can play bingo from their computer while enjoying a beer and cig and still have a chance at massive cash rewards. This is a recent phenomenon and has happened just about perfectly with the anti cigarette law.

Of course playing on the net is unlikely to replace the communal part of going down to the bingo parlour, but for a group of players the rules have left a good many bingo players with no choice.

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