SMOKING: Creative Inspiration or Nicotine Addiction?


A mortal vice which is both intoxicating as well as inspiring


Now we all know how smoking can be detrimental to one’s health. Countless health campaigns have been commissioned to fight or to battle against the evils of smoking. Tons of scientific research have also been undertaken to highlight the ill-effects of smoking. Be it cigarettes, cigars, shishas or e-cigs, smoking is a proven and confirmed health hazard. No doubt the drawbacks of smoking greatly outweighs its benefits, there are many detractors who believe smoking can be beneficial to the mind – particularly of nicotine’s cooling and calming effects. Whether this effect is truly physical or merely psychological in nature is disputable and debatable at the moment.

As it stands, smokers often put forward the excuse that smoking tend to calm their nerves and invoke their creative side. Humans have long derive their creative inspiration from smoking. You need not look far to find or discover that smoking has always aided or assisted human creativity for centuries. In the world of literature, giants or towering figures such as Ian Fleming, Agatha Christie and Ernest Hemingway are known chain-smokers. Tinseltown’s famous actors like Clark Gable, Yul Brynner and Humphrey Bogart have all died of lung cancer as a result of heavy smoking. Even the great physicist and magmanimous scientist Albert Einstein himself was a fan and an advocate of cigarettes, once proclaiming the miracle of tobacco to enhance his power of thought. He also claimed to have found God whilst indulging in his worldly vice. And he quoted:


I believe that pipe-smoking contributes to a somewhat calm and objective judgement in all human affairs.”


It is no wonder that many artistes, entertainers and celebrity icons often resort to cigarettes to inspire them in their creative mis-adventures. It seems that smokers tend to agree smoking helps them think and gives them “ideas”. It is not surprising that cigarette smoking is intoxicating, although no where near the levels as in alcohol binging or consuming weed, hash or pot. Alcohol as well as marijuana are well-known intoxicants. However, the nicotine contained in cigarettes has been scientifically proven and documented to be significantly intoxicating, especially in the case of chain-smoking. Although results from most tests and experiments have turned out to be inconclusive, medical practitioners and scientific researchers unanimously agree or concur that the inhalation of tobacco smoke, including nicotine replacement therapy, can trigger substantial levels of intoxication.


Simply put, one could technically be “hung over” from excessive smoking and consumption of tobacco-related products. For the naysayers of tobacco usage, the general verdict is a firm no, since smoking is injurious to health. Aside from the obvious intoxicating effects of nicotine, tobacco smoking appears to offer no real benefits to one’s health except for providing comfort and personal solace to the smoker. Be it creative inspiration or nicotine intoxication, ultimately, the tobacco industry always wins or triumphs. So do you want to be intoxicated or are you ready to be inspired?