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.
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Based on 35 critics

On the lush alien world of Pandora live the Na'vi, beings who appear primitive but are highly evolved.... Read More

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Sex and the City
Based on 38 critics

Four years after the earlier adventures of Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) and her best gal pals,... Read More

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The Expendables
Based on 35 critics

Mercenary leader Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone) and his loyal men take on what they think is a routine... Read More

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Welcome to the Rileys
Based on 30 critics

Seeking refuge from his grief and crumbling marriage, a salesman (James Gandolfini) becomes a surrogate... Read More

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Remember Me
Based on 29 critics

Tyler (Robert Pattinson) has had a strained relationship with his father (Pierce Brosnan) since a family... Read More

Machete Movie Poster
Based on 29 critics

After nearly being killed during a violent fight with a powerful drug lord, a former Mexican Federale... Read More

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The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
Based on 31 critics

Hospitalized Lisbeth (Noomi Rapace) awaits her murder trial, while Mikael (Michael Nyqvist) tries to... Read More

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