MED: Smoking writer needs help

proclus (
Sat, 20 Mar 1999 15:36:46 +0000

My mother, once prolific, has not written a word since she quit smoking. It is a well know anecdote among writers, that if you quit smoking, you are out of work. Sadly, it appears to be some kind of mental block, probably based on brain recptors. Similarly, I believe that there were some jazz players who couldn't improvise without a cigarette in the mouth.

Does anyone know something more about this problem? Is it a promising area of research? Is there any way for me to help my mother, who has now been blocked for years, even though she hasn't touched tobacco again over that time? I feel that she just needs proper assistance in order to regain her gift.


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