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Can the Smoking Ban in Britain Force Bingo Enthusiasts On to the Web?

An abundance has been stated in the press not long ago regarding the bingo industry being hurt as a consequence of the cigarette ban in England. Conditions have become so awful that in Scotland the Bingo industry has called for big aid to assist in keeping the businesses from going bankrupt. But can the web version of this quintessential game provide a escape, or will it not compare to its land based peer?

Bingo is an classic game generally played by the "blue rinse" generation. Although the game of late had undergone a recent comeback in appeal with younger people opting to visit the bingo parlours in place of the discos on a weekend. All this is about to be destroyed with the enacting of the anti smoking law around England and Wales.

No more will players be allowed to puff on cigarettes while marking numbers. Beginning in the summer of ‘07 every public location will not be allowed to permit smoking in their venues and this includes Bingo parlors, one of the most favorite locations where people like to puff on cigarettes.

The effects of the cigarette ban can already be felt in Scotland where cigarettes are already not permitted in the bingo parlors. Players have plummeted and the business is absolutely struggling for its life. But where have the players gone? Of course they have not given up on this established game?

The answer is on the internet. People know that they can participate in bingo using their computer while enjoying a cocktail and fag and in the end, have a chance at huge cash rewards. This is a recent development and has happened almost perfectly with the ban on smoking.

Of course wagering on on the net could never replace the communal aspect of going down to the bingo hall, but for a demographic of players the rules have left a number of bingo players with little alternative.

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