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Does Smoking Really Affect My Voice
Yes: People vary in how much it affects the voice, and a lot depends on how much you smoke, how you smoke (deep inhalations, holding it for many seconds etc.), filtered or unfiltered, the amount of tar in your brand etc etc. If you ever heard maryanne faithful in her youth, and then heard what she sounds like recently, you will have a great example of how a beautiful voice can be ruined by tobacco. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Smoking mostly: I am not aware of any evidence that consumption of alcohol will change the voice in the absence of smoking, but since heavy smokers are often heavy drinkers, and alcohol increases the toxicity of cigarette smoke, there can be more inflammation in people who do both. Think of Selma Diamond's rough raspy voice as the end-stage of smoking related changes in voice. Consider quitting!! ...Read more
My husband quit smoking 30 days ago after smoking for over 50 yrs. His voice has changed! is this permanent? He's not happy!
Healing after Cigs..: I would first tell him a hearty congratulations. And, second give my opinion that no this is not a permanent change. When one is smoking the natural anti-inflammatory part of healing does not work well in the tissues of the throat and trachea. It can take several months after stopping smoking to clean out all of the tar and toxic stuff in the lungs to get to normal. But, he is on his way! ...Read more
Will smoking a hookah pen for the first time damage vocal chords or my voice? Never smoked at all in life but wanna try hookah a few times. My voice?
Asking Doctors: Perhaps this is not an appropriate question for this forum. It is like asking your dad for forgiveness before you break an important rule. You are really talking to physicians here on health tap and I do not know of any of us who would want you to try smoking in any regard. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
You must be seen!: Someone needs to examine your vocal folds with an endoscope. ...Read more
Well i stoped smoking 3 weeks ago n it feels weird when i eat n drink n my voice is hoarse in the moring should i be worried
Usually but depends: on what damage the smoking has already done. In some smokers, the vocal cords become scarred or develop nodules and hoarseness may persist. Most of the time it is chronic inflammation and this heals, with time. It will also depend on how long and how much you smoked, what kind of cigarettes, and your own biology and predisposition to smoking-related damage. Congratulations and stay quit!!! ...Read more
Help! need to know if there's any other reason for a laryngectomy (removal of the larynx, or voice box) besides smoking cigarettes?
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