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.