Smoking & Singing

Many singers are smokers. They smoke because they cannot kick the cigarette butt or they need hoarse, husky, breathy, voices to suit their individual song needs. However, the trade-off is costly, as they can probably never regain their original tonal quality besides being addicted to smoke and inviting a plethora of vocal cord problems including but not limited to cancer. In the smoke-filled entertainment industry, it is uncommon to find a person who does not smoke. Nevertheless, classical vocalists, as a rule, never smoke.

My own view is that a singer should not smoke. Period.

Check out the below links for authoritative views. I hope it helps you to quit smoking and more especially if you are a singer or desire to be one.

1. Dr. Françoise Chagnon “Ask the Throat Doctor”
Available at:
http://www.scena.org/lsm/sm2-8/sm2-8dre.html
[Accessed 25 Sept 2010]

2. Laryngeal And Voice Disorders (medical content reviewed by the Faculty of the Harvard Medical School)
Available at:
http://www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/8987/29428/211364.html?d=dmtHealthAZ
[Accessed 25 Sept 2010]

3. Anne Peckham, an associate professor in the Voice Department of Berklee, Winter Health Tips for Vocalists
Available at:
http://www.berklee.edu/bt/123/winter.html
[Accessed 25 Sept 2010]

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