A lot is said about how singers shouldn't smoke because smoking ruins their voices.
However, there are certain singers known for being smokers who also have a typical hoarse smoky voice. When I listen to them I can't shake off the feeling that there is a unique quality to their voice and these singers can sing in a way those with healthy voices couldn't. However, the opposite also, intuitively, seems to me to be true: a smoker cannot sing (or speak) in a way non-smokers can, and if a smoker tries to sing (or speak) like that anyway, the effects are often ridiculous or disastrous (this does happen sometimes, with certain singers and voice actors...)
Is it true that smoking can enable someone to get results they wouldn't otherwise be able to achieve? Or does smoking only restrict one's abilities, in the sense that every singer with a healthy, non-smoking voice could, maybe with training, produce the same results as those 'granted' by smoking?
Obligatory disclaimer: I do not smoke, I do not consider starting, I realize that whatever the case smoking is just not worth it and this tiny boon - even if actually real - cannot outweigh the incredible harm caused by smoking.