British actress Natasha Richardson is beginning to feel like an outcast in her adopted home of New York because the city is clamping down on smokers.

The MAID IN MANHATTAN star is a self-confessed "miserable addict," who smokes over a pack of cigarettes a day, and she's feeling more and more like she isn't welcome in New York City.

She explains, "I don't go out as much as I used to because I can't smoke anywhere."

And she admits her husband Liam Neeson is forever trying to encourage Richardson to quit.

She adds, "Sometimes he gets on my case about it and sometimes he's very patient. I don't smoke at home... I really hate smoky atmospheres.

"I think I'd be able to give it (smoking) up easier if people would stop saying, `Don't do it.' Part of me likes being a rebel."