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my voice and cigarettes - January 11th 2009, 10:47 PM

Ive been smoking for about 2 years now half a pack a day... I'm a singer and when I smoke a little more heavy, it effects my voice... if i stop smoking will my voice come back or is it permanently damaged? I'm really scared that I could lose one of the most important things to my in my life, the thing that makes me happy... but I think im addicted to cigarettes...

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Re: my voice and cigarettes - January 11th 2009, 11:09 PM

Smoking can definitely ruin your voice. If you want to preserve your voice, I'd work on quitting. Here's a website to tell you all about it [clickie].

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Re: my voice and cigarettes - January 11th 2009, 11:16 PM

I don't think anyone here on TH could tell you for sure, or give you an answer you probably want. For these type of things, none of TH can give you a right answer because, alas, none of us are doctors. I DO suggest you talk about this with your doctor. I know drinking milk can coat your throat, so, I'd imagine (my guess) that cigarettes can do the same or something damaging like that.

I found this on a site.....
Q. Is it true that smoking is bad for the voice?

Remember that whatever you breathe moves directly through the vocal folds and affects them accordingly. Smoke of any kind is hot and toxic. It causes burning, drying and irritation which in turn causes the vocal folds to swell making a good singing tone difficult at first and over time impossible for the habitual smoker. Young peoples' bodies seem to be resilient and thus young singers who smoke may not notice any ill effects, so they may think that smoking isn't doing them or their voice any harm. What they don't understand is that the damage that is being done to the vocal folds and the breathing mechanism is cumulative and often cannot be reversed once they notice problems singing. My advice is to find a way to quit smoking immediately, and if you don't smoke PLEASE DON'T START.

You can visit this to check it for yourself as reference.

Again, I'd still check with your doctor. :] I hope this helped. Take care.

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