Might the Anti Cigarette Law in England Force Bingo Enthusiasts On to the Internet?

by Brennen on August 5th, 2023

An abundance has been reported in the press not long ago regarding the bingo industry being hurt because of the anti smoking law in Britain. Conditions have grown so bad that in Scotland the Bingo industry has called for massive aid to help keep the businesses from going bankrupt. However will the net version of this traditional game offer a reprieve, or will it not compare to its real life kin?

Bingo has been an enduring game historically enjoyed by the "blue haired" generation. However the game lately had undergone a recent return in popularity with younger people opting to hit the bingo halls rather than the bars on a weekend. This is all about to get flipped on its head with the legislating of the anti cigarette law all over UK.

Players will no longer be permitted to smoke at the same time marking numbers. From the summer of 2007 every public area will no longer be allowed to permit cigarettes in their venues and this includes Bingo halls, which are possibly the most common locations where folks like to puff on cigarettes.

The outcome of the anti smoking law can already be seen in Scotland where smoking is already not allowed in the bingo parlours. Profits have plunged and the industry is absolutely struggling for its life. But where have all the players gone? Surely they haven’t abandoned this established game?

The answer is on the web. Gamblers realise that they can play bingo from their computer whilst enjoying a cocktail and cigarette and still enjoy huge prizes. This is a recent development and has happened just about perfectly with the anti smoking law.

Of course gambling on on the web will never replace the social part of going over to the bingo parlor, but for a group of people the governing edicts have left a number of bingo players with no alternative.

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