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Might the Smoking Ban in the UK Drive Bingo Enthusiasts On to the Internet?

An abundance has been written in the papers just a while ago regarding the bingo industry struggling as a result of the cigarette ban in England. Things have become so awful that in Scotland the Bingo industry has demanded massive aid to help keep the businesses afloat. But does the net version of this classic game present a escape, or will it never compare to its real life peer?

Bingo has been an established game usually played by the "blue rinse" generation. Although the game recently had experienced a recent comeback in popularity with younger members of society opting to go to the bingo parlours in place of the bars on a Saturday night. This is all about to be reversed with the enforcement of the anti cigarette law throughout Britain.

Players will no longer be able to puff on cigarettes whilst marking numbers. From the summer of ‘07 every public location will no longer be permitted to allow cigarettes in their locations and this includes Bingo parlors, which are possibly the most favored areas where people enjoy smoking.

The effects of the anti cigarette law can already be seen in Scotland where smoking is already not permitted in the bingo parlours. Players have plummeted and the business is beyond a doubt fighting for to stay alive. But where have the players gone? Obviously they haven’t deserted this classic game?

The answer is on the internet. People realise that they can play bingo from their computer at the same time enjoying a cocktail and cigarette and still enjoy massive prizes. This is a recent phenomenon and has happened bordering on perfect with the ban on smoking.

Of course playing on the net will never replace the collective portion of heading down to the bingo parlor, but for a group of men and women the rules have left a lot of bingo enthusiasts with no alternative.

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