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Might the Cigarette Ban in Britain Force Bingo Enthusiasts On to the Net?

A lot has been reported in the papers recently regarding the bingo industry being hurt because of the smoking ban in Britain. Conditions have become so awful that in Scotland the Bingo industry has asked for massive tax breaks to assist in keeping the businesses from going bankrupt. However will the online version of this classic game present a salvation, or might it not compare to its land based kin?

Bingo has been an enduring game usually played by the "blue haired" generation. However the game of late had undergone a recent resurgence in acceptance with younger people deciding to visit the bingo parlors in place of the discos on a Saturday night. This is all about to be destroyed with the introduction of the anti smoking law across UK.

No longer will players be able to puff on cigarettes whilst marking numbers. From the summer of ‘07 all public places will no longer be permitted to allow cigarettes in their buildings and this includes Bingo parlors, one of the most common places where many people enjoy smoking.

The outcome of the smoking ban can already be observed in Scotland where smoking is already banned in the bingo parlours. Players have plummeted and the business is absolutely struggling for to stay alive. But where did the players go? Certainly they haven’t deserted this familiar game?

The answer is on the internet. People are now realizing that they can gamble on bingo in front of their computer at the same time enjoying a beverage and smoke and still have a chance at big prizes. This is a recent development and has timed itself almost perfectly with the anti smoking law.

Of course playing on the web will never replace the communal portion of heading down to the bingo parlor, but for a group of players the rules have left many bingo players with no alternative.

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