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Could the Cigarette Ban in Britain Take Bingo Players On to the Web?

A lot has been stated in the press just a while ago regarding the bingo industry singing the blues because of the anti cigarette law in Britain. Things have grown so poor that in Scotland the Bingo industry has requested massive aid to assist in keeping the businesses alive. However does the internet variation of this traditional game offer a escape, or might it never compare to its bricks and mortar relative?

Bingo is an enduring game normally enjoyed by the "blue haired" generation. In any case the game of late had seen a recent increase in popularity with younger people opting to go to the bingo parlours in place of the discos on a Saturday night. All this is about to get flipped on its head with the enacting of the anti cigarette law around UK.

Players will no longer be permitted to smoke while marking numbers. Starting in the summer of 2007 all public locations will no longer be allowed to permit cigarettes in their venues and this includes Bingo parlours, which are possibly the most popular places where players like to puff on cigarettes.

The outcome of the anti smoking law can already be felt in Scotland where cigarettes are already prohibited in the bingo parlors. Profits have plunged and the industry is beyond a doubt struggling for its life. But where have the players gone? Certainly they haven’t forgotten this enduring game?

The answer is on the web. People realise that they can gamble on bingo from their computer at the same time enjoying a cocktail and cigarette and in the end, enjoy monstrous jackpots. This is a recent phenomenon and has timed itself bordering on perfect with the ban on cigarettes.

Of course playing on the internet is unlikely to replace the collective part of going down to the bingo parlour, but for a group of people the law has left many bingo enthusiasts with little alternative.

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