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Unread 05-28-2006, 09:08 PM   #1
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Effects of smoking

What exactly are the effects of smoking on your singing voice? I know some very good singers who smoke and still have good range, good tone and good projection. The only thing I notice about their voice is that it's got a rougher sound. Not really gritty, just a harder sound. I was always under the impression that smoking killed your voice very fast in all areas, but I'm starting to wonder now. So what exactly does smoking cigarettes do to your voice? And how long does it take damage to occur?

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Unread 05-28-2006, 10:13 PM   #2
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Are you trying to justify a habit that will slowly kill you? If you're thinking of starting then don't. My dad has smoked all of my 24 years on earth and even before then. A simple bout of cough and congestion that I had and got rid of in less than a week has had him down and out for over two weeks now and he still sounds horrible.

You pretty much stated the effects it has on your voice in the short term. It might not necessarily "kill your voice", but those people you hear with good voices who are smokers are probably having to work their bodies a lot harder to get to that sound than one with unpolluted lungs and airways. i.e. straining vocal cords and having to gasp for air.
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I wasn't justifying anything. I'm just wondering because the picture I had was that smoking will ruin your voice, you won't hit notes, you won't be loud, your voice will be real scratchy...all that. But then I saw these people who smoke singing very well and got to thinking.
I do smoke, but I'm not a professional vocalist...nor do I have any desire to be one. I can sing...and I do sing a little in my band, but my passion is the guitar and writing not singing. I was just wondering.
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When you eventually get your trachea removed, i'd imagine your voice, singing or otherwise is pretty much toasted.

Smoking inhibits your lungs capacity for air, which means you won't be able to hold notes as long. it does damage the vocal chords over time.

Smoking isn't necessarily a fast killer.
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I don't know, it might sound kinda cool to sing through one of those machines.
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if you don't mind a LOT of profanity/dirty comments/etc look up MC Hawking, and you'll know what it sounds like (some guy using the same software stephen hawking uses to do nerdcore gangsta rap).

Honestly, after a clove and some tequila, i'm able to get a bit gravelyer, which is kind of nice

I don't do it that often.

caffeine will screw up your vocal chords enough.
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I'm curious what will happen if you hang around people who smoke[i.e. second hand smoke]. Would have the same effect as a single cigar would damage your vocal chords?
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caffeine will screw up your vocal chords enough.
What will caffeine do??

Cause I want to sing... but I drink alot of caffeine...

Is it temporary... or permanent?
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I'm curious what will happen if you hang around people who smoke[i.e. second hand smoke]. Would have the same effect as a single cigar would damage your vocal chords?
Nope. Cigar smoke isn't meant to be inhaled. So if you did smoke a whole cigar the way people smoke a cigarette I imagine the effect would be much more profound than mere secondhand smoke.
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haha wow this is old and I still smoke. I've actually noticed lately that smoking a cigarette just before recording a vocal track makes it slightly easier to hit high notes. And my voice has definitely gotten rougher sounding which I like. I am quitting next week though. Cigs are up over $5 a pack now, so its time.
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What will caffeine do??

Cause I want to sing... but I drink alot of caffeine...

Is it temporary... or permanent?
I've never heard this before, Andrew is usually on top of his game with facts but with singing there are so many myths that are thrown around as fact it's hard to distinguish which are real and which are fake anymore. I'd cut back on caffeine to be quite honest, it has more effects than just on your vocal chords, AND, although it may be a stimulant if you become too chemically dependent on it for energy you will start finding yourself more and more tired.

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Nope. Cigar smoke isn't meant to be inhaled. So if you did smoke a whole cigar the way people smoke a cigarette I imagine the effect would be much more profound than mere secondhand smoke.
It can still hurt. Trust me. I recently quit smoking cigars and pipes. It's really hard not to inhale some smoke even if you do not intend to, a lot of people don't notice it. It's significantly less harmful and much less addictive than cigarettes, however it's still a bad idea to smoke them on a regular basis. Plus good cigars are expensive and are really meant to be an occasional smoke, not a regular thing. Just don't do it right before you sing.
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