Will the Anti Cigarette Law in England Force Bingo Players Online?

by Brennen on November 11th, 2017

[ English ]

Much has been written in the press just a while ago about the bingo industry being hit as a consequence of the smoking ban in England. Things have become so poor that in Scotland the Bingo industry has requested big tax breaks to assist in keeping the industry afloat. But does the internet version of this classic game offer a salvation, or will it in no way compare to its land based equivalent?

Bingo has been an ancient game generally enjoyed by the "blue rinse" generation. For all that the game lately had witnessed a recent resurgence in popularity with younger members of society opting to visit the bingo parlors in place of the discos on a Saturday night. This is all about to be reversed with the enforcement of the anti cigarette law across UK.

No more will players be permitted to puff on cigarettes at the same time marking numbers. Beginning in the summer of 2007 every public area will not be allowed to permit cigarettes in their locations and this includes Bingo parlors, one of the most common places where folks enjoy smoking.

The outcome of the smoking ban can already be seen in Scotland where cigarettes are already prohibited in the bingo parlors. Players have plunged and the business is literally struggling for its life. But where have the players gone? Of course they haven’t forgotten this age old game?

The answer is on the internet. People realise that they can participate in bingo in front of their computer whilst enjoying a cocktail and fag and in the end, enjoy huge jackpots. This is a recent phenomenon and has timed itself just about perfectly with the anti smoking law.

Of course wagering on on the web is unlikely to replace the communal aspect of going down to the bingo parlour, but for a demographic of people the law has left a good many bingo enthusiasts with no option.

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