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

by Heath on November 30th, 2023

An abundance has been stated in the papers recently about the bingo industry singing the blues because of the smoking ban in the United Kingdom. Things have become so awful that in Scotland the Bingo industry has requested big tax breaks to help keep the businesses from going bankrupt. But does the internet version of this classic game provide a escape, or will it in no way compare to its land based kin?

Bingo has been an classic game usually enjoyed by the "blue haired" generation. In any case the game recently had undergone a recent comeback in appeal with younger men and women deciding to visit the bingo parlours in place of the clubs on a Friday night. All this is about to get flipped on its head with the enacting of the anti cigarette law around England and Wales.

Players will no longer be permitted to puff on cigarettes at the same time marking numbers. From the summer of ‘07 all public places will no longer be allowed to permit cigarettes in their buildings and this includes Bingo parlours, which are possibly the most favored areas where many people enjoy smoking.

The results of the anti smoking law can already be observed in Scotland where cigarettes are already not allowed in the bingo parlours. Numbers have dropped and the industry is absolutely struggling for to stay alive. But where did the players go? Certainly they have not given up on this enduring game?

The answer is on the internet. Players realize that they can enjoy bingo in front of their computer whilst enjoying a beer and smoke and still have a chance at monstrous cash rewards. This is a recent anomaly and has happened bordering on perfect with the ban on smoking.

Of course betting on online is unlikely to replace the communal portion of heading over to the bingo parlor, but for a demographic of people the rules have left a good many bingo enthusiasts with no alternative.

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