Can the Cigarette Ban in Britain Force Bingo Enthusiasts On to the Net?

by Brennen on February 24th, 2016

A lot has been written in the press recently regarding the bingo industry singing the blues because of the cigarette ban in the UK. Conditions have grown so poor that in Scotland the Bingo industry has requested big tax cuts to assist in keeping the businesses from going bankrupt. But will the web version of this traditional game provide a salvation, or will it in no way compare to its land based kin?

Bingo is an classic game generally played by the "blue haired" generation. In any case the game lately had undergone a recent comeback in acceptance with younger people deciding to visit the bingo parlours in place of the discos on a Saturday night. All this is about to be reversed with the introduction of the cigarette ban around UK.

No more will players be able to puff on cigarettes while marking off their numbers. Starting in the summer of 2007 all public places will not be allowed to permit smoking in their venues and this includes Bingo parlors, which are possibly the most common places where many people like to puff on cigarettes.

The effects of the smoking ban can already be looked at in Scotland where smoking is already barred in the bingo parlours. Profits have plunged and the industry is beyond a doubt struggling for its life. But where did the players go? Of course they haven’t cast aside this enduring game?

The answer is online. People are now realizing that they can gamble on bingo in front of their computer at the same time enjoying a beer and cig and in the end, have a chance at big prizes. This is a recent phenomenon and has happened bordering on perfect with the anti cigarette law.

Of course wagering on online is unlikely to replace the collective part of going over to the bingo parlor, but for a demographic of people the governing edicts have left a lot of bingo enthusiasts with no choice.

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