Can the Smoking Ban in the United Kingdom Force Bingo Enthusiasts On to the Net?

by Brennen on December 12th, 2022

An abundance has been stated in the papers recently regarding the bingo industry singing the blues because of the cigarette ban in England. Things have become so poor that in Scotland the Bingo industry has asked for big tax cuts to assist in keeping the industry afloat. But can the web version of this quintessential game provide a salvation, or will it never compare to its land based relative?

Bingo has been an enduring game historically enjoyed by the "blue haired" generation. For all that the game lately had experienced a recent increase in popularity with younger people opting to go to the bingo parlours instead of the clubs on a Saturday night. This is all about to get flipped on its head with the enacting of the anti cigarette law across Britain.

Players will no longer be able to smoke whilst dabbing numbers. From the summer of ‘07 every public place will not be permitted to allow cigarettes in their buildings and this includes Bingo parlors, one of the most favored locations where players enjoy smoking.

The results of the anti cigarette law can already be looked at in Scotland where smoking is already illegal in the bingo parlours. Players have plunged and the business is absolutely fighting for its life. But where have all the players gone? Surely they have not cast aside this enduring game?

The answer is on the net. Gamblers realise that they can play bingo from their computer whilst enjoying a beverage and fag and still enjoy huge jackpots. This is a recent phenomenon and has happened just about perfectly with the anti cigarette law.

Of course wagering on on the web is unlikely to replace the communal aspect of heading over to the bingo parlour, but for a demographic of people the law has left a lot of bingo players with no option.

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