On July 1st the smoking ban is being received in England and other parts of the world with both acceptance and disappointment. Since its implementation, smokers cannot smoke in bars and restaurants, to non-smokers a public haven has been created, but to those who enjoy a couple of puffs this news and the new regulations are not being well received. In comparison to other parts of the world such news isn’t that extreme as in Himalayas and Bhutan, smoking is completely banned meaning smokers can’t smoke anywhere. The ban in the UK is limited to pubs and clubs and other public venues where people who choose not to smoke do not have to be subject to cigarettes while they are having a beer or enjoying a meal.
The bans currently cover the whole of the UK, Ireland, Scotland and prohibits lighting up in any indoor or enclosed space, but don’t give up hope smokers, these spaces are not relegated to your own home or prisons or some other public institutions such as hotels. The ban simply eliminates the possibility of exposing smoke to persons who have chosen to enter a public space and smoke in the presence of people who have made a conscious decision not to smoke and have the desire to socialize and relax in a smoke free environment. But what is this doing to bingo? This has definitely had an affect on regular smokers but seems to the pleasure of non smokers who are delighted, the ban is having an increasingly negative effect on the world of bingo.
The smoking ban is proving to deter new bingo players and leading to a decline in bingo players visiting bingo halls. According to research done by the St Minver bingo network the ban is having a surprisingly extreme affect on attendance. According to statistics from Leigh Nissim, managing director, one in three less bingo players are going to be present at halls and a staggering 63 percent are playing online and avoiding being in physical spaces where they cannot play bingo and smoke accordingly. Although the smoke free bingo halls will be of interest to some, the general affect of the ban is one that is thoroughly discouraging many players from leaving their homes, because of the removal of this small luxury.