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


Posted by Jace | Posted in Bingo | Posted on 16-11-2015

Much has been written in the papers just a while ago regarding the bingo industry being hit because of the smoking ban in the UK. Things have become so awful that in Scotland the Bingo industry has asked for big tax breaks to help keep the businesses from going bankrupt. However can the internet adaptation of this traditional game provide a lifeline, or might it not compare to its land based peer?

Bingo has been an ancient game normally enjoyed by the "blue haired" generation. Although the game recently had seen a recent increase in appeal with younger members of society opting to visit the bingo parlors in place of the clubs on a Friday night. This is all about to be destroyed with the introduction of the anti cigarette law across England and Wales.

Players will no longer be able to puff on cigarettes whilst marking off their numbers. Beginning in the summer of ‘07 every public area will not be allowed to permit cigarettes in their buildings and this includes Bingo parlors, which are possibly the most favored places where folks like to smoke.

The effects of the smoking ban can already be observed in Scotland where cigarettes are already not permitted in the bingo parlours. Profits have plunged and the industry is absolutely struggling for its life. But where have the players gone? Certainly they have not abandoned this classic game?

The answer is on the internet. People are now realizing that they can enjoy bingo using their computer while enjoying a beverage and cig and still have a chance at massive cash rewards. This is a recent phenomenon and has timed itself just about perfectly with the anti cigarette law.

Of course betting on on the web could never replace the communal portion of going over to the bingo parlor, but for a group of men and women the governing edicts have left many bingo players with no option.

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