HEADLINE, UK Daily Mail: "Smoking doesn't relieve stress... quitting does!"
Actually, in addition to smoking, studies indicate that the same strategy works for virtually any area of human endeavor. Certainly works for writing...
Seriously: try it-- substitute ANY gerund for "smoking," and see how marvelously this applies.
(Tho when my own citation of examples got to "breathing," I kind of felt this was getting a little too Zen for my own good.)
-- Earl Merkel