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Let’s get this out right up front here: smoking is a terrible, nasty, awful habit and we do not endorse it AT ALL for ANYONE at ANYTIME.

That being said, we know what it’s like to long for the sweet, smokey inhale of the highly addictive habit, and so we can totally sympathize with pop star Adele, who’s kicked the habit only to find she misses it for reasons she never thought she would.

According to the 28-year-old British singing sensation, quitting smoking has left her with a “weaker singing voice.”

Uh oh. Please don’t let this be true, because God knows we don’t need kids (or anyone) thinking that they’ll be able to belt it out like Adele if they just suck back 25 cigs a day.

Still, Adele is convinced. She kicked the habit in 2011 after suffering a vocal chord hemmhorage and undergoing surgery.

“The people with the best voices, they always smoke. I’ve given up smoking and I’m convinced that’s made my voice weaker,” Adele told etalk Canada (via The Hamilton Spectator).

She points to monster voices such as Bruno Mars‘, who, according to Adele “smokes like an old woman,” as proof of her claim. That and what she’s noticed within her own voice.

We should add that this is NOT our official stance, and there appears to be NO scientific evidence to support this claim, but there you have it, Adele thinks she sounds better as a smoker.

She is, however, glad to be rid of the habit’s other effects. “My makeup artist will stink after having a fag,” she says. “I had never noticed it before. But my fingers ain’t orange any more.”

She’s also given up another of her (and our) favourite vices in the name of preserving her angelic voice: pizza.

No pizza? No cigarettes? There’s a heart-wrenching song about loss and suffering in here somewhere…

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