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Might the Anti Cigarette Law in the UK Force Bingo Players On to the Net?

A lot has been reported in the press not long ago regarding the bingo industry being hit because of the anti cigarette law in England. Things have become so bad that in Scotland the Bingo industry has demanded massive tax breaks to help keep the businesses alive. But can the web variation of this traditional game provide a lifeline, or will it not compare to its real life relative?

Bingo has been an established game normally played by the "blue rinse" generation. For all that the game of late had undergone a recent comeback in acceptance with younger people deciding to visit the bingo halls instead of the clubs on a weekend. All this is about to get flipped on its head with the enforcement of the cigarette ban across England and Wales.

Players will no longer be permitted to smoke at the same time dabbing numbers. Beginning in the summer of ‘07 all public places will no longer be permitted to allow smoking in their locations and this includes Bingo halls, one of the most common areas where many people enjoy smoking.

The results of the anti cigarette law can already be observed in Scotland where cigarettes are already not permitted in the bingo parlours. Profits have plummeted and the business is literally fighting for to stay alive. But where did the players go? Surely they have not given up on this enduring game?

The answer is on the internet. Gamblers are now realizing that they can play bingo in front of their computer at the same time enjoying a beverage and smoke and still enjoy huge cash rewards. This is a recent anomaly and has happened bordering on perfect with the anti smoking law.

Of course betting on on the web could never replace the social portion of going down to the bingo parlour, but for a demographic of people the law has left a good many bingo enthusiasts with no alternative.

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