Punk queen Siouxsie Sioux believes smoking is beneficial to her heath because she became badly ill when she gave up the controversial habit.

The DEAR PRUDENCE singer was shocked when her doctor admitted she was better off smoking after all.

She recalls, "I was very ill with sinusitis, bronchitis, asthma, and all from doing something healthy: giving up smoking.

"I was definitely being punished for trying to be healthy.

"I saw so many doctors and only one of them confided in me that, apparently, there is a very small minority of people whom it doesn't suit to give up smoking.

"They won't make it public because then people wouldn't even try to give up."

28/07/2005 06:39