Hi All, Okay, I admit it: I’m a smoker! I quit the nicotine habit about 6 months ago by smoking non-tobacco herbal smokes. Seemed to work like a charm until about a week ago ... fell off the wagon! Next day, I got back on the wagon, only to fall off again this morning. Fortunately, HST is a wonderful motivation to get back on the wagon fast. So now I’m thinking maybe the herbal smokes approach is not so good, after all. Maybe I ought to try Nicorette gum (the patch never really helped me in the past). Went online to find info, didn’t find much here at HST, but then I stumbled onto this guy ‘Dante’ at Avant Labs. Turns out, he’s a big fan of using nicotine as a weight-loss supplement. You gotta be kidding... Okay, I’m posting my questions here because I only trust this HST forum. Here goes... 1) I read in the HST FAQ that caffeine does not interfere with the uptake of creatine. But what about nicotine? Will it interfere with my use of creatine? 2) When I switched from tobacco to herbal smokes, and went through the month of nicotine withdrawals, I didn’t really notice a pronounced improvement in my training performance or muscle gains. Makes me wonder: Does nicotine (in particular) interfere with muscle gains, or does all the other crap in smoke interfere with gains? 3) Anyone else here smoke? If so, has it (in your opinion) hampered your HST gains? 4) Anyone else here smoke and then successfully quit? If so, how? Did your gains skyrocket, after giving up all smoking? Thank you very much for your help.