Might the Anti Smoking Law in England Force Bingo Players On to the Net?

by Brennen on November 5th, 2021

An abundance has been reported in the papers not long ago regarding the bingo industry being hit as a result of the anti smoking law in Britain. Conditions have become so bad that in Scotland the Bingo industry has called for big tax cuts to help keep the industry afloat. But does the internet adaptation of this classic game offer a reprieve, or will it never compare to its land based equivalent?

Bingo has been an age old game usually played by the "blue rinse" generation. However the game lately had experienced a recent return in acceptance with younger people opting to go to the bingo parlours rather than the bars on a Friday night. This is all about to change with the enforcement of the anti smoking law around UK.

Players will no longer be able to puff on cigarettes whilst marking off their numbers. Beginning in the summer of ‘07 all public locations will not be allowed to permit smoking in their venues and this includes Bingo parlours, one of the most popular locations where folks like to puff on cigarettes.

The effects of the anti smoking law can already be felt in Scotland where smoking is already not allowed in the bingo parlours. Profits have plunged and the industry is literally struggling for its life. But where did the players go? Of course they have not deserted this established game?

The answer is on the internet. People are now realizing that they can enjoy bingo from their computer while enjoying a beverage and cig and still have a chance at huge cash rewards. This is a recent phenomenon and has happened just about perfectly with the ban on smoking.

Of course gambling on on the internet can never replace the communal portion of heading down to the bingo hall, but for a group of people the governing edicts have left a lot of bingo enthusiasts with no option.

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