Does smoking make you “more creative”?

Blog Post created by dr_hays on Jul 26, 2017

Many folks are convinced they perform their best — at work, in artistic pursuits, in life — when they’re smoking. As a painter and writer one said, “Smoking makes me more creative.”


Does it really?




If you believe you do your best work while smoking, you’re giving cigarettes too much credit. A cigarette won't plant an idea in your mind that wasn’t already sprouting.


Smoking may seem like critical to your creative process, but in reality, it’s a distraction.


Every time your nicotine levels drop and the urge to smoke hits, you’re forced to interrupt your work — whether or not you’re on a roll. Your addiction always comes first!


In fact, you start becoming distracted even before the nicotine craving strikes. When your brain relies on the drug to keep you feeling “normal,” your concentration starts waning after about an hour. Soon enough, you’re thinking about your next cigarette — not the texture of your painting.


When you quit smoking, you might feel a bit “off” for a bit, but before long, you’ll get into a better, sharper, more productive groove.


That painter I mentioned? Much to his surprise, once he quit smoking, he became more prolific. “I actually have a portfolio,” he said, “rather than just wishing I had one.”


Do you fear that quitting smoking will compromise the quality of your work? Or that you just won’t feel like yourself when you quit?


Please share and experiences!