Could the Smoking Ban in England Force Bingo Players Online?


Posted by Jace | Posted in Bingo | Posted on 26-12-2018

Much has been reported in the press recently about the bingo industry being hurt as a result of the cigarette ban in England. Things have become so bad that in Scotland the Bingo industry has called for big tax cuts to assist in keeping the industry afloat. However can the online variation of this traditional game offer a salvation, or might it not compare to its real life relative?

Bingo is an familiar game historically enjoyed by the "blue haired" generation. Although the game recently had experienced a recent increase in appeal with younger members of society deciding to go to the bingo halls in place of the discos on a Saturday night. All this is about to change with the enacting of the anti smoking law throughout Britain.

Players will no longer be permitted to smoke while marking off their numbers. From the summer of 2007 all public areas will not be permitted to allow smoking in their venues and this includes Bingo halls, one of the most favorite places where people like to puff on cigarettes.

The outcome of the anti smoking law can already be observed in Scotland where cigarettes are already barred in the bingo parlours. Numbers have plummeted and the industry is beyond a doubt fighting for to stay alive. But where did the players go? Of course they haven’t abandoned this classic game?

The answer is on the internet. Players realize that they can play bingo using their computer at the same time enjoying a drink and cig and in the end, have a chance at monstrous prizes. This is a recent phenomenon and has happened bordering on perfect with the anti smoking law.

Of course playing on the web is unlikely to replace the communal portion of going down to the bingo parlour, but for a demographic of people the rules have left a good many bingo enthusiasts with no alternative.

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