Could the Smoking Ban in the UK Force Bingo Players Online?

by Brennen on March 27th, 2022

Much has been talked in the press not long ago about the bingo industry being hurt because of the anti smoking law in the United Kingdom. Things have become so bad that in Scotland the Bingo industry has demanded massive tax cuts to help keep the businesses from going bankrupt. However does the online adaptation of this traditional game offer a lifeline, or will it not compare to its land based relative?

Bingo has been an established game usually played by the "blue haired" generation. In any case the game recently had seen a recent comeback in appeal with younger members of society deciding to visit the bingo parlors in place of the clubs on a Friday night. This is all about to get flipped on its head with the enacting of the anti cigarette law across England and Wales.

Players will no longer be permitted to puff on cigarettes at the same time marking numbers. Beginning in the summer of 2007 all public places will not be permitted to allow smoking in their locations and this includes Bingo parlors, which are possibly the most popular locations where players enjoy smoking.

The effects of the smoking ban can already be observed in Scotland where cigarettes are already not allowed in the bingo parlors. Players have dropped and the business is literally fighting for its life. But where have all the players gone? Surely they have not deserted this enduring game?

The answer is on the web. People realize that they can gamble on bingo using their computer whilst enjoying a drink and cigarette and in the end, have a chance at huge cash rewards. This is a recent development and has timed itself almost perfectly with the ban on cigarettes.

Of course playing on the net will never replace the collective portion of going down to the bingo hall, but for a demographic of people the rules have left a number of bingo enthusiasts with little option.

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