Could the Anti Smoking Law in the United Kingdom Drive Bingo Enthusiasts On to the Web?

by Brennen on August 14th, 2022

A lot has been written in the press not long ago regarding the bingo industry struggling because of the anti smoking law in the United Kingdom. Things have grown so bad that in Scotland the Bingo industry has called for big tax breaks to help keep the industry from going bankrupt. But does the internet adaptation of this classic game provide a lifeline, or will it not compare to its real life peer?

Bingo has been an age old game generally enjoyed by the "blue haired" generation. For all that the game recently had experienced a recent resurgence in acceptance with younger people deciding to go to the bingo halls in place of the discos on a weekend. This is all about to be reversed with the legislating of the anti cigarette law around Britain.

Players will no longer be able to smoke while marking off their numbers. Starting in the summer of 2007 all public areas will no longer be permitted to allow cigarettes in their buildings and this includes Bingo parlors, one of the most favorite places where people enjoy smoking.

The results of the smoking ban can already be observed in Scotland where cigarettes are already not allowed in the bingo halls. Numbers have plunged and the business is absolutely struggling for its life. But where have all the players gone? Obviously they have not cast aside this age old game?

The answer is on the web. Gamblers know that they can gamble on bingo from their computer at the same time enjoying a beer and fag and in the end, enjoy big prizes. This is a recent phenomenon and has happened just about perfectly with the ban on smoking.

Of course playing on the net will never replace the social portion of heading down to the bingo parlor, but for a demographic of players the governing edicts have left a number of bingo players with no choice.

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