proclus <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> 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.
I would recommend that your mother tries nicotine chewing gum. In contrast to the "suicide pins", chewing gum is extremely safe while having a similar neurological effect.
There is some evidence that nicotine improves performance on complex cognitive tasks (also in non-smokers). I decided to give the chewing gum a try a few months back. Judging from the pharmacist's reaction it is somewhat unusual that people who have never smoked a cigarette buy this product. I use 2mg gums, seldom more than two per day, and I have not noticed any addiction. I think it has some nootropic effects: it seems to make it somewhat easier to concentrate and to get into "the flow". The first few times, the actual chewing created a distraction that approximately cancelled this effect, but as the chewing becomes habitual this distraction disappears.
Anybody else who has experimented with nicotine as a smart drug?
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