Many people have opposing opinions about how smoking cigarettes relates to and can influence an individual’s vocalization.
I’ll scientifically and unilaterally explain this.
I have 22 categories that influence breathing and vocalization. Let’s try to figure out who is right.(10)
Part 10 is “Cigarettes”
Everybody know that cigarettes are bad for your health.
Smoking has always held a bad image, such as the risk of lung cancer/laryngeal cancer(often fetal) and causing environmental air pollution.
How about the effects short or long term, relating to the voice?
I’ve had so many chances to examine singers, and I’ve realizing a lot of singers smoke cigarettes.
So I’ve have two different opinions from smokers who are professional singers.
The first singer, smokes daily and cannot quit. The second singer socially smokes, such as after writing a song or performing in concert. Claiming to use smoking as a form of stress relief, or as a way to relax from mental exhaustion.
However, of course, there are many adverse effects.
Cigarettes burn tobacco and contain nicotine. The burning tobacco produces smoke, and this smoke is composed of small particles and chemicals. When you aspirate this smoke, such as inhaling and exhaling, the particles attack and dry out the mucosa in your throat.
Apparently, this does cause breathing problems and directly effects vocalization.
I therefore suggest, you have enough water and stay well hydrated when smoking. Please take small sips of water, little by little, similar to sipping whiskey.
It’s true that many famous singers are happy when smoking, and are aware that it is not good for their health or voice.
These are just some of the pros and cons relating to cigarettes, and how smoking can effect vocalization.