Can the Anti Cigarette Law in England Force Bingo Enthusiasts On to the Net?

by Heath on February 14th, 2024

Much has been talked in the press recently concerning the bingo industry being hit because of the cigarette ban in the UK. Conditions have grown so poor that in Scotland the Bingo industry has asked for massive tax breaks to help keep the industry afloat. However can the net variation of this classic game provide a reprieve, or will it not compare to its land based equivalent?

Bingo is an established game usually played by the "blue rinse" generation. Although the game of late had witnessed a recent increase in popularity with younger members of society deciding to hit the bingo parlors instead of the discos on a weekend. This is all about to change with the introduction of the cigarette ban across England and Wales.

No more will enthusiasts be permitted to smoke while marking numbers. From the summer of ‘07 every public location will not be allowed to permit cigarettes in their buildings and this includes Bingo parlours, one of the most common places where players enjoy smoking.

The results of the anti smoking law can already be observed in Scotland where smoking is already not permitted in the bingo parlours. Numbers have plummeted and the industry is beyond a doubt struggling for its life. But where have all the players gone? Obviously they have not forgotten this classic game?

The answer is on the internet. Gamblers realise that they can play bingo using their computer whilst enjoying a cocktail and cigarette and still have a chance at monstrous prizes. This is a recent phenomenon and has happened almost perfectly with the anti cigarette law.

Of course gambling on on the web is unlikely to replace the communal part of going over to the bingo parlor, but for a group of people the law has left many bingo players with little alternative.

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