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Will the Anti Smoking Law in the UK Force Bingo Enthusiasts On to the Web?

An abundance has been stated in the papers just a while ago regarding the bingo industry being hit because of the cigarette ban in England. Things have become so awful that in Scotland the Bingo industry has demanded massive aid to assist in keeping the businesses afloat. But will the internet adaptation of this quintessential game offer a reprieve, or might it never compare to its land based peer?

Bingo is an age old game generally enjoyed by the "blue rinse" generation. However the game of late had undergone a recent comeback in popularity with younger members of society deciding to hit the bingo parlors in place of the discos on a weekend. All this is about to be reversed with the enforcement of the smoking ban throughout Britain.

No longer will enthusiasts be permitted to puff on cigarettes at the same time marking off their numbers. Starting in the summer of 2007 all public areas will not be permitted to allow cigarettes in their locations and this includes Bingo parlours, which are possibly the most common places where many people like to smoke.

The effects of the anti cigarette law can already be observed in Scotland where cigarettes are already barred in the bingo halls. Profits have plummeted and the industry is absolutely fighting for to stay alive. But where did the players go? Obviously they haven’t abandoned this established game?

The answer is on the web. Players know that they can enjoy bingo using their computer at the same time enjoying a drink and cigarette and still have a chance at monstrous prizes. This is a recent anomaly and has happened bordering on perfect with the anti cigarette law.

Of course playing on the web could never replace the social aspect of heading over to the bingo hall, but for a demographic of people the law has left a number of bingo enthusiasts with little choice.

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