Can the Cigarette Ban in the United Kingdom Drive Bingo Players On to the Web?

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An abundance has been written in the press not long ago regarding the bingo industry struggling because of the anti smoking law in the UK. Things have become so bad that in Scotland the Bingo industry has called for massive aid to help keep the industry from going bankrupt. But does the web variation of this classic game present a escape, or will it in no way compare to its real life opposite?

Bingo is an classic game normally played by the "blue haired" generation. For all that the game lately had undergone a recent return in acceptance with younger men and women deciding to hit the bingo halls instead of the bars on a weekend. This is all about to be destroyed with the introduction of the cigarette ban all over Britain.

Players will no longer be permitted to puff on cigarettes whilst marking numbers. Beginning in the summer of ‘07 all public areas will not be permitted to allow smoking in their buildings and this includes Bingo parlors, one of the most favored locations where folks enjoy smoking.

The effects of the smoking ban can already be looked at in Scotland where cigarettes are already forbidden in the bingo halls. Profits have plunged and the industry is beyond a doubt struggling for its life. But where did the players go? Surely they haven’t cast aside this enduring game?

The answer is on the internet. Gamblers realize that they can enjoy bingo from their computer at the same time enjoying a cocktail and cig and still enjoy huge jackpots. This is a recent development and has happened just about perfectly with the ban on smoking.

Of course betting on on the internet can never replace the collective aspect of going down to the bingo parlour, but for a demographic of players the law has left a number of bingo players with little alternative.

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