Film editors expertly assemble the footage shot over a period of weeks or months — along with computer-generated images — to create the final film. Working with the director to select from different takes of the same scene, an editor may be challenged to keep a cigarette in view longer or avoid showing it altogether. Who decides? Editors in these rankings have worked on at least two top-grossing films since 2002.

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editors | The more smoking, the higher the score
18Erik Jessen83110
Dean Zimmerman83210
Nat Sanders83220
19Jeremiah O'Driscoll75220
20Chris Lebenzon66310
Andrew Groves66110
21Lee Haugen64210
John Axelrad64210
22Steve Mirkovich63220
23Melissa Kent62110
24Tom Cross61320
25Billy Rich58110
Neil Smith58110
26Michael Louis Hill56110
Mark Day56410
27Justin Krohn54110
David Trachtenberg54110
28David Coulson53110
29Matt Friedman49111
Michael Taylor49111
30Nick Houy46110
31Steve Edwards44210
Mark Helfrich44210
James Herbert44210
32Kevin Tent42110
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