Could the Cigarette Ban in Britain Drive Bingo Players On to the Internet?

by Brennen on September 4th, 2023

An abundance has been talked in the papers not long ago regarding the bingo industry singing the blues because of the cigarette ban in England. Conditions have become so bad that in Scotland the Bingo industry has demanded massive aid to help keep the industry from going bankrupt. However will the online variation of this quintessential game provide a reprieve, or will it never compare to its land based equivalent?

Bingo has been an ancient game normally enjoyed by the "blue rinse" generation. For all that the game recently had experienced a recent resurgence in popularity with younger members of society deciding to go to the bingo parlors instead of the discos on a Friday night. All this is about to be destroyed with the introduction of the anti cigarette law all over Britain.

No longer will gamblers be permitted to puff on cigarettes whilst marking numbers. From the summer of 2007 every public area will no longer be permitted to allow smoking in their buildings and this includes Bingo halls, which are possibly the most common areas where players enjoy smoking.

The outcome of the anti smoking law can already be observed in Scotland where smoking is already banned in the bingo halls. Numbers have plunged and the business is literally struggling for to stay alive. But where did all the players go? Surely they haven’t cast aside this familiar game?

The answer is on the net. People realize that they can participate in bingo in front of their computer at the same time enjoying a cocktail and cig and in the end, have a chance at big cash rewards. This is a recent anomaly and has happened just about perfectly with the ban on cigarettes.

Of course betting on on the net is unlikely to replace the communal aspect of going down to the bingo hall, but for a group of players the governing edicts have left many bingo enthusiasts with no choice.

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