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Smoking and even exposure to smoke can irritate the lining of the voice box which reduces the quality of the voice, and increases the risk of reflux laryngitis and the need to clear the throat. Smoking also reduces ability to use full voice volume as it can reduce lung function. Heavy smokers often develop swollen vocal cords (Reinke's edema). Smoking also increases the risk of a variety of throat cancers.
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About: Smoking can seriously affect vocal cords
Date: 17 January 2005
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