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ILL ALLEN SMOKES ON STAGE

Lily Allen flouted the U.K. smoking ban once again during a gig on Friday (05Mar10) - despite suffering from a chest infection.

The singer puffed on a cigarette throughout her show at the MEN Arena in Manchester, England as part of her U.K. tour with rapper Dizzee Rascal.

Allen was forced to apologize for her off-key vocals, telling fans she had been struck down with bronchitis.

She said, "I've got a bout of bronchitis so sorry if my singing's a bit s**t. Not that it's any good anyway."

The Smile hitmaker was at the center of an investigation by local authorities in Liverpool, England in December (09), after she lit up during a performance.

She also received a fine last year (09) after smoking onstage in Paris, France.

Smoking in public places in both Britain and France was outlawed in 2007.