Cameron Diaz slammed for claiming smoking is healthier than Diet Coke

London: Cameron Diaz has been slammed for claiming that cigarettes are healthier than Diet Coke.

The 41-year-old American actress has been criticised by anti-smoking charities for commenting that "one cigarette once in a while is not going to kill you" but " Diet Coke is bad news",.

Diaz, who used to smoke up to 20 a day and quit as she feared she was setting a bad example, was speaking to host Chelsea Lately to promote her bestseller ` The Body Book ` when she made the comments.