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Will the Cigarette Ban in the United Kingdom Force Bingo Players On to the Internet?

An abundance has been talked in the papers recently regarding the bingo industry being hit as a result of the anti cigarette law in Britain. Conditions have become so bad that in Scotland the Bingo industry has requested massive tax breaks to help keep the industry afloat. But can the internet variation of this classic game offer a lifeline, or might it not compare to its bricks and mortar relative?

Bingo has been an enduring game generally played by the "blue rinse" generation. However the game recently had witnessed a recent increase in popularity with younger people deciding to hit the bingo halls instead of the clubs on a Saturday night. All this is about to be reversed with the introduction of the cigarette ban all over England and Wales.

No longer will players be able to smoke while dabbing numbers. Starting in the summer of ‘07 every public area will no longer be allowed to permit cigarettes in their buildings and this includes Bingo parlours, one of the most favorite areas where folks enjoy smoking.

The effects of the anti smoking law can already be felt in Scotland where cigarettes are already not permitted in the bingo parlors. Numbers have plummeted and the business is beyond a doubt struggling for its life. But where did all the players go? Of course they have not cast aside this enduring game?

The answer is on the internet. People know that they can bet on bingo from their computer while enjoying a beverage and smoke and still enjoy massive prizes. This is a recent phenomenon and has timed itself just about perfectly with the anti smoking law.

Of course wagering on on the web could never replace the communal portion of heading down to the bingo parlor, but for a demographic of players the governing edicts have left a number of bingo enthusiasts with no alternative.

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