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Despite great protests as to the aggregious disregard of civil liberties, the new laws against smoking in pubs in Ireland were passed recently. They were designed to improve the health of the people, and since government is always right, they made it so.

However, it has come to my attention that it will have the opposite effect. People are going to take up smoking so that they can go outside and smoke. It turns out that it is a real ice-breaker between people. Whereas, when smoking in the pub, people had bums on seats watching the footy or talking in little cliques.

So, I reckon that there will be a great deal of friendship and romance forged this way. Non-smokers will be encouraged to take up smoking in order to be a part of this new phenomenon and smoking in Ireland will get completely out of the control the government hopes for until everyone is doing it just for the craic of having to leave the pub and actually meet people. Once this has been achieved the government will have no choice but to end the smoking laws because everyone will be smoking.

The question is: will the government really get rid of the smoking laws just to keep in tune with being against what people actually want? And furthermore, will people protest the repeal of those laws because it might destroy their social lives? And finally, would such a state of affairs finally prove that the Irish get everything right because they think backwards?