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Could the Cigarette Ban in England Drive Bingo Enthusiasts On to the Net?

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An abundance has been written in the press just a while ago regarding the bingo industry being hit as a result of the anti cigarette law in Britain. Conditions have grown so awful that in Scotland the Bingo industry has demanded big tax cuts to assist in keeping the industry alive. But can the online version of this quintessential game provide a salvation, or might it in no way compare to its real life relative?

Bingo is an familiar game normally enjoyed by the "blue haired" generation. However the game recently had experienced a recent increase in appeal with younger people opting to visit the bingo parlours instead of the clubs on a Friday night. This is all about to be reversed with the enforcement of the anti smoking law across England and Wales.

No more will players be allowed to smoke at the same time marking numbers. Beginning in the summer of ‘07 all public places will not be allowed to permit cigarettes in their locations and this includes Bingo parlours, one of the most common locations where folks like to smoke.

The outcome of the anti smoking law can already be looked at in Scotland where cigarettes are already forbidden in the bingo halls. Numbers have plummeted and the industry is literally fighting for to stay alive. But where have all the players gone? Obviously they haven’t abandoned this classic game?

The answer is on the web. People realise that they can participate in bingo using their computer while enjoying a beverage and cigarette and in the end, enjoy monstrous jackpots. This is a recent anomaly and has timed itself bordering on perfect with the ban on smoking.

Of course wagering on online can never replace the social part of going over to the bingo hall, but for a demographic of men and women the law has left many bingo enthusiasts with little option.

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