Will the Smoking Ban in Britain Drive Bingo Players On to the Internet?

by Brennen on September 7th, 2020

An abundance has been stated in the press recently regarding the bingo industry being hurt as a result of the cigarette ban in the UK. Conditions have become so poor that in Scotland the Bingo industry has asked for massive aid to help keep the businesses from going bankrupt. However can the web adaptation of this quintessential game present a salvation, or might it not compare to its bricks and mortar opposite?

Bingo has been an age old game historically played by the "blue rinse" generation. However the game of late had witnessed a recent return in acceptance with younger people opting to go to the bingo parlors instead of the bars on a Friday night. All this is about to be destroyed with the legislating of the smoking ban across UK.

No more will players be permitted to smoke while marking numbers. Beginning in the summer of 2007 all public areas will no longer be allowed to permit smoking in their venues and this includes Bingo halls, which are possibly the most common locations where players like to puff on cigarettes.

The effects of the cigarette ban can already be observed in Scotland where cigarettes are already prohibited in the bingo parlors. Profits have dropped and the industry is absolutely fighting for its life. But where did the players go? Surely they haven’t deserted this classic game?

The answer is online. People know that they can participate in bingo in front of their computer at the same time enjoying a beverage and cig and in the end, have a chance at massive jackpots. This is a recent anomaly and has timed itself almost perfectly with the anti smoking law.

Of course playing on the net is unlikely to replace the communal part of heading down to the bingo parlour, but for a group of men and women the law has left many bingo enthusiasts with no choice.

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