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
19Nat Sanders82220
20Jeremiah O'Driscoll75220
21Chris Lebenzon66310
Andrew Groves66110
22John Axelrad64210
Lee Haugen64210
23Steve Mirkovich63220
24Melissa Kent62110
25Tom Cross61320
26Billy Rich58110
Neil Smith58110
27Michael Louis Hill56110
Mark Day56410
28Justin Krohn54110
David Trachtenberg54110
29David Coulson53110
30Michael Taylor49111
Matt Friedman49111
31Steve Edwards44210
Mark Helfrich44210
James Herbert44210
32Nat Fuller42110
Kevin Tent42110
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