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The tabloid magazine Life & Style Weekly has some disturbing news about Adele's voice. Here is an excerpt from an e-mail blast:
Just after two months of undergoing microsurgery to remove a benign polyp from her vocal cords forcing her to cancel tour dates multiple eyewitnesses tell Life & Style they spotted the singer falling back into her old smoking habits while spending time with new beau Simon Konecki."Adele and Simon had dinner at Bobby Rubino's in Pompano Beach, Fla., on Jan. 1," an eyewitness tells Life & Style. "Right after they were done, she walked out of the place and had a cigarette outside."Ten days later, after arriving back to London with Simon, the 23-year-old was also spotted puffing away in a car.Before her surgery, she released a statement pledging to take time to heal: "I have absolutely no choice but to recuperate properly and fully, or I risk damaging my voice forever."In December, Adele said she'd be taking a long break before beginning work on her third album. In October, she was forced to cancel two tours and one month later she underwent successful laser microsurgery to fix her vocal cords. Dr. Robert Lesslie, MD, Director of Riverview Medical Center in Rock Hill, S.C., says smoking especially after surgery can cause problems in the future. "It reduces the body's ability to heal and causes irritation," he tells Life & Style. "The risk of infection is enhanced. Smoking is a deterrent. Especially for women, it lowers their voices and makes it rougher."But Adele has spoken candidly about her addiction. "I gave up smoking for two months," she's said. "It was f-ing grim. I had laryngitis about a week before the album came out and it was so frightening. I stopped smoking, drinking, eating or drinking citrus, spicy foods and caffeine. It was so f-ing boring….""My voice was better when I wasn't smoking," she adds. "Within a week I noticed it had changed, but I'd rather my voice be a bit st so I can have a f-ing laugh."