Might the Cigarette Ban in Britain Take Bingo Players On to the Internet?

by Brennen on December 25th, 2015

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Much has been talked in the press not long ago about the bingo industry singing the blues as a result of the anti cigarette law in England. Conditions have become so awful that in Scotland the Bingo industry has called for big aid to assist in keeping the businesses afloat. But does the web variation of this traditional game offer a lifeline, or will it never compare to its bricks and mortar peer?

Bingo is an classic game historically played by the "blue haired" generation. However the game lately had witnessed a recent increase in popularity with younger people opting to hit the bingo parlours rather than the clubs on a Saturday night. This is all about to change with the legislating of the anti cigarette law all over United Kingdom.

Players will no longer be permitted to puff on cigarettes while marking off their numbers. Beginning in the summer of ‘07 every public place will no longer be permitted to allow cigarettes in their venues and this includes Bingo halls, which are possibly the most popular places where many people enjoy smoking.

The results of the anti cigarette law can already be looked at in Scotland where smoking is already forbidden in the bingo halls. Players have dropped and the industry is absolutely struggling for to stay alive. But where did the players go? Surely they haven’t forgotten this familiar game?

The answer is on the internet. Players realise that they can participate in bingo from their computer at the same time enjoying a beverage and cigarette and still enjoy huge jackpots. This is a recent anomaly and has timed itself bordering on perfect with the anti cigarette law.

Of course playing on the web will never replace the collective aspect of going down to the bingo parlor, but for a demographic of people the law has left a good many bingo players with no choice.

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