I think I've finally managed to quit smoking. I'm turning 39 this year, and thought it was time to call it a day. I smoked around 20 a day for the past 20 years, it's not been easy to stop! So I thought I'd share my experiences, and ask for a bit of advice from any of you ex-smokers. I've had a lot of 'wisdom' from people about what to do when quitting, and it's all been great, but it's all been from 'normal' people, and I really want to hear from musicians and creative people who have managed to quit smoking, and carry on being creative and making music / art. As well as playing bass, I work as a freelance artist, which means working from home a lot, and it also means over the years I ended up relying on cigarettes almost as an integral part of my creative process. Other smokers in creative jobs will know what I'm talking about: during every stage of the creative process, I would stop and have a smoke, and reflect on the work I was doing. The same thing applies to music. I'd write a bassline, then sit back with a smoke and listen. Smoking was totally integrated into my creative process. I found that getting rid of the nicotine addiction was horrible for the first 3 days, but after that, it really wasn't an issue at all. Physically, I feel better than ever. I'm going to the gym every other day, I go for huge walks, I cycle every day, I feel awesome. My skin looks better, I have tons of energy, and food tastes amazing. (A bit too amazing! I have to be careful about how much sugar I'm craving...) But I'm struggling with the creative process - I really miss smoking when I play bass, and when I'm doing my work. It's not the actual nicotine I miss, but the process of sitting back and having a smoke as part of the process. Because of this, I'm feeling detached from my work, and I'm also feeling unenthusiastic about playing bass. There's no way I'm going back to smoking, but I really want my creativity back. How did you guys deal with this part of quitting? Is it just a matter of time before things go back to how they were? I would really appreciate a few words of wisdom.. Thanks!