Smoking is definitely a factor. Any irritant, smoking, chemical smells, sometimes perfume, will cause your symptoms to come on. The recommended treatment is aggressive reflux control with Proton pump inhibitors twice per day and H2 blockers at bedtime for three months. Also, breathing retraining exercises by a voice therapist, alongside treatment, works great.
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