Britney Spears is desperately trying to give up cigarettes before she launches her new album - but is failing miserably.

The pop singer is gearing up to release her LP later this year (03) - her first since 2001's eponymous album - and wants to be nicotine free when the record hits the shelves.

However, Spears' attempts to wean herself off tobacco have been so far unsuccessful - much to her mother LYNNE's dismay.

A pal says, "Britney's tried everything from nicotine patches to acupuncture to try and kick it for good, but it's no use. Her mom is always on at her back about it."

08/08/2003 14:05