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Might the Cigarette Ban in the United Kingdom Drive Bingo Enthusiasts Online?

Much has been stated in the papers not long ago concerning the bingo industry being hurt because of the cigarette ban in the United Kingdom. Conditions have grown so bad that in Scotland the Bingo industry has requested huge tax cuts to assist in keeping the industry alive. However can the net version of this quintessential game offer a escape, or will it in no way compare to its bricks and mortar kin?

Bingo is an ancient game usually enjoyed by the "blue rinse" generation. In any case the game lately had witnessed a recent increase in appeal with younger men and women deciding to go to the bingo parlours instead of the clubs on a Friday night. This is all about to be reversed with the introduction of the anti smoking law around Britain.

No longer will gamblers be permitted to puff on cigarettes while marking numbers. Beginning in the summer of 2007 all public areas will no longer be permitted to allow cigarettes in their venues and this includes Bingo parlours, which are possibly the most common places where folks like to puff on cigarettes.

The results of the cigarette ban can already be observed in Scotland where cigarettes are already barred in the bingo parlors. Numbers have dropped and the business is literally struggling for to stay alive. But where did the players go? Surely they haven’t cast aside this enduring game?

The answer is on the net. People realize that they can enjoy bingo from their computer while enjoying a drink and cig and still enjoy huge cash rewards. This is a recent anomaly and has timed itself bordering on perfect with the ban on smoking.

Of course wagering on on the internet can never replace the collective part of heading over to the bingo hall, but for a demographic of people the rules have left many bingo players with no alternative.

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