Finnish rocker VILLE VALO matured his singing voice by smoking a staggering 100 cigarettes a day.

The HIM frontman credits the phenomenally unhealthy habit with the way he sounds - but admits he has had to cut back a little recently.

Valo, 28, says, "I'm down to 60 cigarettes a day now. It used to be more than 100. The more you smoke the better your voice gets. Guitarists have wah wah pedals to make them sound better. I have fags."