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Can the Smoking Ban in the United Kingdom Force Bingo Players On to the Internet?

Much has been talked in the papers just a while ago about the bingo industry struggling as a consequence of the anti cigarette law in the UK. Conditions have become so poor that in Scotland the Bingo industry has requested big aid to assist in keeping the businesses from going bankrupt. However does the online version of this quintessential game offer a lifeline, or will it never compare to its land based kin?

Bingo has been an age old game generally enjoyed by the "blue rinse" generation. However the game of late had seen a recent increase in acceptance with younger men and women deciding to visit the bingo halls rather than the bars on a Friday night. This is all about to be destroyed with the legislating of the anti cigarette law across United Kingdom.

No longer will enthusiasts be able to smoke while marking numbers. Starting in the summer of 2007 all public locations will no longer be permitted to allow smoking in their venues and this includes Bingo parlours, one of the most common places where many people like to smoke.

The results of the anti cigarette law can already be felt in Scotland where cigarettes are already forbidden in the bingo halls. Players have plummeted and the business is absolutely struggling for to stay alive. But where did all the players go? Surely they haven’t abandoned this established game?

The answer is on the web. Players realise that they can play bingo in front of their computer at the same time enjoying a beverage and cig and in the end, enjoy huge prizes. This is a recent phenomenon and has happened bordering on perfect with the anti smoking law.

Of course playing online is unlikely to replace the communal part of going down to the bingo parlour, but for a demographic of people the rules have left a number of bingo enthusiasts with little alternative.

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