Will the Anti Cigarette Law in the United Kingdom Take Bingo Enthusiasts On to the Web?

by Brennen on December 26th, 2021

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An abundance has been talked in the press not long ago about the bingo industry being hurt as a consequence of the cigarette ban in the United Kingdom. Conditions have become so poor that in Scotland the Bingo industry has requested huge tax breaks to help keep the industry afloat. But does the online version of this quintessential game offer a escape, or will it never compare to its land based kin?

Bingo is an established game normally played by the "blue rinse" generation. In any case the game of late had seen a recent return in appeal with younger men and women opting to go to the bingo halls instead of the discos on a weekend. This is all about to get flipped on its head with the legislating of the cigarette ban across England and Wales.

Players will no longer be able to puff on cigarettes whilst marking off their numbers. Beginning in the summer of 2007 all public areas will no longer be permitted to allow cigarettes in their locations and this includes Bingo parlors, one of the most popular places where many people enjoy smoking.

The outcome of the anti smoking law can already be observed in Scotland where smoking is already barred in the bingo parlours. Numbers have dropped and the industry is beyond a doubt fighting for its life. But where did all the players go? Of course they have not forgotten this enduring game?

The answer is on the net. Gamblers realise that they can enjoy bingo from their computer while enjoying a beverage and cig and still have a chance at huge jackpots. This is a recent anomaly and has happened bordering on perfect with the anti smoking law.

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

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