Can Vaping Affect a Singer’s Voice?

Vaping is gaining popularity as the safer alternative to cigarette smoking, with people spending good money looking for the best vape pipe. Because vaping is relatively new in the market, there is a lot of misunderstanding about it. It is necessary that people should get a clear understanding of what vaping is before they conclude that between smoking and vaping, vaping is the lesser evil.

The question that needs to be settled is if vaping is really an evil, no matter if it is considered lesser. Many people believe that there are many potential health risks vaping can bring. But nothing scientific has been used to back up those claims yet. The only recognised risk that vaping poses is dependence because of the nicotine content of most e-liquids, which still lacks scientific proof that its dependence can have life-threatening results like what one gets from smoking.

So far, the only scientific study that shows a potential risk of vaping was done in 2015. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that formaldehyde might be produced when vaping is done at very high temperatures. Formaldehyde, a carcinogen, is formed as a degradation of propylene glycol.  What the study did not consider is that nobody will be vaping at very high temperatures because nobody will enjoy the burn taste of vaping at very high temperatures. It appears that there is some sort of manipulation in this study by people who will gain from the unpopularity of vaping.

Because of uncertainties about the potential health risks of vaping, there is an ongoing debate on whether it is safe or not.  The UK’s Department of Health published a report through Public Health England that based on the studies of a prestigious group of public health professionals, scientists, and researchers, it was concluded that vaping is 95% safer than tobacco smoking. The group also saw the potential of vaping as a potentially viable approach to quitting smoking. In the US where many people look at vaping to be as bad as cigarette smoking, the American Heart Association suggested in a 2014 statement that vaping is less hazardous than cigarette smoking. It also recognised vaping to actually help people quit smoking.

One topic related to vaping that has been the subject of debates is whether it affects singing. Many singers or potential singers fear that shifting to vaping from smoking or simply starting vaping might affect their vocal chords and ruin their chances of becoming recognised and well-known singers. Singers want to improve and preserve their voice, especially for high and hard-to-reach notes. Everything they do and the risks they take must fall within acceptable parameters.

Although there have been no scientific studies conducted about the effects of vaping to the singing voice, many singers gave their personal take on the subject. Some singers claimed that they noticed a noticeable change in their breath control, feeling and sounding more in control of their tone and power. Others claimed that their lower voice range register became stronger and was able to increase by a third of an octave their upper register.

The conclusion of many singers is that vaping has no negative effect on their voice, unlike tobacco smoking that killed their voice.

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