The American Cancer Society has promoted the Great American Smokeout every third Thursday of November since 1977. As always, today's challenge is simple: Stop smoking for 24 hours. Their hope is that setting such an easily attainable goal will inspire at least some smokers to quit permanently.

We don't know how many Americans have stopped smoking as a result of the event. In fact, we don't know much about health in general -- after all, we eat a lot of movie theater popcorn and Goobers. However, we do know that the medical backlash against tobacco use has forced studios to diminish smoking in films. Ten years ago, viewers hardly noticed if a character smoked. Now it stands out like a sore thumb.

Not all directors and actors have gotten the message yet. The following recent movie characters -- all smokers -- should have taken a hint and butted out.
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
Based on 31 critics

Hospitalized Lisbeth awaits a murder trial, while Mikael tries to establish her innocence. Read More

Based on 29 critics

A blade-wielding former Federale (Danny Trejo) seeks revenge against those who betrayed him. Read More

Based on 35 critics

A former Marine (Sam Worthington) falls in love with a native (Zoe Saldana) of a lush alien world. Read More

Sex and the City
Based on 38 critics

Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) and her gal pals continue their adventures in New York. Read More

The Expendables
Based on 35 critics

Mercenaries embark on a mission to overthrow a South American dictator. Read More

Welcome to the Rileys
Based on 30 critics

Seeking refuge in New Orleans, a salesman becomes a surrogate father to an underage stripper. Read More

Remember Me
Based on 29 critics

Love begins to heal the troubled spirit of a rebellious young man (Robert Pattinson). Read More

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