Former chain-smoker Johnny Depp is cutting back on his bad habit - but still insists on enjoying at least three cigarettes each day.

The movie star, who lives in France, made the decision to reduce his daily nicotine intake after turning 40, and he's pleased with his progress so far.

FINDING NEVERLAND star Depp says, "I've weaned myself down to about, on a great day, on a really great day, three cigarettes.

"For a nicotine junkie the essential cigs are three: the first-of-the-day cigarette smoked after lunch, then the after-dinner cigarette and then the one taken whenever you want - the luxury, wild-card smoke. It used to be quite a bit more."

28/01/2005 09:35