Will the Cigarette Ban in England Take Bingo Enthusiasts On to the Net?


Posted by Jace | Posted in Bingo | Posted on 08-12-2021

Much has been reported in the press recently about the bingo industry struggling as a consequence of the cigarette ban in Britain. Things have become so awful that in Scotland the Bingo industry has asked for huge aid to assist in keeping the businesses alive. However will the internet variation of this classic game present a escape, or will it in no way compare to its real life relative?

Bingo is an established game usually enjoyed by the "blue rinse" generation. For all that the game of late had seen a recent increase in acceptance with younger people opting to go to the bingo parlours in place of the discos on a Friday night. This is all about to be reversed with the legislating of the cigarette ban across England and Wales.

Players will no longer be able to puff on cigarettes whilst dabbing numbers. Starting in the summer of ‘07 every public place will no longer be permitted to allow smoking in their venues and this includes Bingo halls, which are possibly the most favored places where people like to puff on cigarettes.

The effects of the cigarette ban can already be observed in Scotland where smoking is already illegal in the bingo halls. Profits have plummeted and the business is absolutely fighting for to stay alive. But where did all the players go? Certainly they have not abandoned this established game?

The answer is on the internet. Players know that they can play bingo in front of their computer whilst enjoying a drink and fag and still have a chance at monstrous cash rewards. This is a recent development and has happened almost perfectly with the anti smoking law.

Of course playing on the internet is unlikely to replace the communal portion of going down to the bingo hall, but for a group of men and women the governing edicts have left many bingo players with no choice.

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