Grandmother Ejected From Bingo Hall for Smoking E-Cigarette

Grandmother Ejected From Bingo Hall for Smoking E-Cigarette
Posted on 27 June 2012 In the past smoking bans have wreaked havoc on the bingo industry. Operators have learned the hard way that smoking bans and bingo don’t mix well. When the national smoking ban was imposed in the UK some bingo halls reported a 60% drop in player numbers. On the other hand the internet bingo industry benefitted from the national smoking ban and within two years reported an 80% increase in player numbers. Bingo operators tried to lure smokers back to bingo halls by providing outdoor smoking areas. One bingo operator actually offered bingo games on a ship located outside of British territorial waters where smoking was perfectly legal. Everyone knows that smoking is bad for a person’s health but experts say that smoking is an addiction that is hard to beat. Most smokers are older and started when cigarettes were openly advertised and many of the dangers of smoking were not known. There are several methods available to smokers to help them quit. Options include nicotine patches, nicotine gum, herbal concoctions and the relatively new e-cigarette. The e-cigarette is a nicotine delivery system that looks and feels like a real cigarette. The ‘smoke ‘produced is harmless and is actually steam. E-cigarettes are not cheap and prices range from $100 to $200. Users must buy cartridges that are inserted into the device. E-cigarettes are not without controversy and there are no consistent policies in place regarding the devices. Some businesses allow employees and customers to use e-cigarettes while others ban them entirely. A Welsh grandmother was angered after being ejected from a Cardiff bingo hall for ‘smoking’ an e-cigarette in the hall. Julia Cummings was enjoying her regular bingo games at the Castle Bingo hall in Cardiff. Cummings was approached by staff and told she could not use the device in the hall. Mrs. Cummings was justifiably angered because she had checked with a branch of the bingo chain and was told she could use the e-cigarette. Mrs. Cummings said she had smoked for about 40 years and had recently been diagnosed with emphysema, a lung disease. Mrs. Cummings found quitting difficult and said that after she discovered e-cigarettes her health had improved. Mrs. Cummings described what happened in the bingo hall and told reporters “I wasn’t sure whether I’d be allowed to use them in the bingo hall, so I phoned up and checked,” she said. “The male manager who I spoke to initially said there was no problem with it as long as I didn’t use it when we were playing the books. So, Saturday, I went along to play and during the early session a member of staff saw my e-cigarette and told a female manager. She said, ‘I’m going to have to ask you to not smoke.’ She said that I could go outside and smoke it, but I wasn’t going to stand by others who were smoking, I’m ill and that’s the reason I’m smoking it!” Mrs. Cummings is not alone. Several e-cigarette users assumed they could use the devices anywhere and were treated link they were actually smoking regular cigarettes. People have been kicked off planes and thrown out of bars and restaurants for using e-cigarettes. Mrs. Cummings may want to try internet bingo where she will be able to smoke her e-cigarette to her heart’s content.