Can the Cigarette Ban in the UK Force Bingo Players On to the Net?


Posted by Jace | Posted in Bingo | Posted on 17-03-2019

A lot has been written in the papers not long ago concerning the bingo industry being hit as a consequence of the smoking ban in England. Conditions have grown so bad that in Scotland the Bingo industry has requested massive aid to assist in keeping the businesses alive. But does the internet version of this traditional game present a escape, or might it never compare to its real life equivalent?

Bingo has been an familiar game historically enjoyed by the "blue haired" generation. In any case the game lately had experienced a recent increase in appeal with younger members of society opting to hit the bingo parlours rather than the clubs on a Friday night. All this is about to be reversed with the enforcement of the smoking ban across England and Wales.

No more will players be allowed to puff on cigarettes whilst marking numbers. Starting in the summer of 2007 all public places will no longer be allowed to permit cigarettes in their locations and this includes Bingo parlours, which are possibly the most common locations where players enjoy smoking.

The outcome of the cigarette ban can already be seen in Scotland where cigarettes are already banned in the bingo halls. Numbers have dropped and the business is absolutely struggling for to stay alive. But where did all the players go? Certainly they haven’t given up on this enduring game?

The answer is on the web. Gamblers realize that they can gamble on bingo in front of their computer at the same time enjoying a cocktail and smoke and still have a chance at huge jackpots. This is a recent phenomenon and has timed itself bordering on perfect with the ban on cigarettes.

Of course betting on online is unlikely to replace the social aspect of going over to the bingo hall, but for a group of players the law has left a good many bingo enthusiasts with no choice.

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