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Bingo and the Smoking Ban

Does the UK Smoking Ban mean more Online Bingo Players?

Following on from Scotland's smoking ban introduced by the Scottish Executive on Sun March 26th 2006, many bingo halls across the country have been hit hard by the dropping numbers of paying patrons coming through their doors.

The anti-smoker lobby will no doubt be angry when reading this but for many it detracts from a sociable evening of bingo entertainment.

In July 2006 parliament passed a law concerning the smoking ban in England and on the 1st July 2007, the ban will be implemented with a ban on smoking in public places and again, the bingo hall operators are starting to quiver citing loss of earnings as a direct result of the ban.

But how much of this is actually down to the smoking bans?

Certainly the bans have had a major effect, especially during the winter months. Many bingo enthusiasts are smokers and it will certainly act to deter some of them from venturing out in the cold to enjoy their regular game of bingo when they have to go outside in the cold, between games, for a cigarette.

Devout players will be stuck between the devil and the deep blue sea when they are faced with the option of having a cigarette and foregoing a game of bingo or wait until a break in the proceedings.

However, although the smoking ban is getting the bad press, I feel that there are other reasons for the dropping numbers frequenting the once busy bingo halls.

The growth of internet bingo sites has had a profound effect on the habits of bingo players with many choosing to play in the comfort of their own homes rather than make the trip to a local bingo hall. There are many advantages to playing bingo online, some of which are highlighted below:

As we're all aware, the weather in the UK can be atrocious. Playing bingo at home allows bingo players warmth and comfort. No need to go outside in the cold and damp.

Playing online bingo can be done anytime. No waiting for whatever time the local halls open. If you feel like playing at 3 o'clock in the morning, it's not a problem; the online bingo halls offer new games every few minutes, 24 hours a day / 7 days a week!

No need to get dressed so you're more presentable when playing online. Wear your dressing gown, pyjamas or even nothing if you prefer and you still won't offend anyone.

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Bingo is, and always has been, a sociable game where people go to chat and meet people. Many bingo players really aren't bothered whether they win or lose, what matters most to them is to catch up on the gossip. Playing online in any of the sites featured within this UK Bingo site allows you to do just that! They all feature popular chat rooms that you can take part in if you wish to chat, gossip and catch up with friends. You'll also be able to meet new and interesting people anytime!

So from what I can see, the popularity of people playing bingo online may have affected the bricks and mortar bingo halls as much as the smoking ban. It's becoming a very popular pastime with all ages and creeds.

If you haven't tried playing online yet, then why not give it a go. It's great fun and all of the sites featured within the pages of UK Bingo are popular and trustworthy.

Following on from Scotland's smoking ban introduced by the Scottish Executive on Sun March 26th 2006, many bingo halls across the country have been hit hard by the dropping numbers of paying patrons coming through their doors.

The anti-smoker lobby will no doubt be angry when reading this but for many it detracts from a sociable evening of bingo entertainment.

In July 2006 parliament passed a law concerning the smoking ban in England and on the 1st July 2007, the ban will be implemented with a ban on smoking in public places and again, the bingo hall operators are starting to quiver citing loss of earnings as a direct result of the ban.

But how much of this is actually down to the smoking bans?

Certainly the bans have had a major effect, especially during the winter months. Many bingo enthusiasts are smokers and it will certainly act to deter some of them from venturing out in the cold to enjoy their regular game of bingo when they have to go outside in the cold, between games, for a cigarette.

Devout players will be stuck between the devil and the deep blue sea when they are faced with the option of having a cigarette and foregoing a game of bingo or wait until a break in the proceedings.

However, although the smoking ban is getting the bad press, I feel that there are other reasons for the dropping numbers frequenting the once busy bingo halls.

The growth of internet bingo sites has had a profound effect on the habits of bingo players with many choosing to play prize bingo in the comfort of their own homes rather than make the trip to a local bingo hall. There are many advantages to playing bingo online, some of which are highlighted below:

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As we're all aware, the weather in the UK can be atrocious. Playing bingo at home allows bingo players warmth and comfort. No need to go outside in the cold and damp.

Playing online bingo can be done anytime. No waiting for whatever time the local halls open. If you feel like playing at 3 o'clock in the morning, it's not a problem; the online bingo halls offer new games every few minutes, 24 hours a day / 7 days a week!

No need to get dressed so you're more presentable when playing online. Wear your dressing gown, pyjamas or even nothing if you prefer and you still won't offend anyone.

Bingo is, and always has been, a sociable game where people go to chat and meet people. Many bingo players really aren't bothered whether they win or lose, what matters most to them is to catch up on the gossip. Playing online in any of the sites featured within this UK Bingo site allows you to do just that! They all feature popular chat rooms that you can take part in if you wish to chat, gossip and catch up with friends. You'll also be able to meet new and interesting people anytime!

So from what I can see, the popularity of people playing online bingo may have affected the bricks and mortar bingo halls as much as the smoking ban. It's becoming a very popular pastime with all ages (over 18 when playing online) and creeds.

 
 


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