How you pay for smoking in movies

Top 15 states | Every week, we estimate the dollar-value of tax credits and other public subsidies handed out to the producers of fims with tobacco imagery. The total will keep growing until movies that recruit young people to smoke are made ineligible for taxpayer handouts.

PUBLIC SUBSIDIES|Films in 15 top-ranked states, 2010-2020
Top 15 statesSmoking filmsImpressions (millions)Subsidies for all top filmsShare of subsidies for smoking films
California9727,077$889 million$454 million (51%)
Georgia6511,973$1.23 billion$380 million (30%)
New York5818,624$697 million$389 million (55%)
Louisiana4410,990$706 million$311 million (43%)
Massachusetts2412,215$370 million$185 million (49%)
New Mexico224,484$302 million$145 million (48%)
Pennsylvania211,926$242 million$113 million (46%)
North Carolina63,974$112 million$56 million (49%)
Alabama51,848$17 million$9 million (56%)
Texas5576$70 million$48 million (68%)
Connecticut4161$149 million$17 million (11%)
Hawaii498$27 million$24 million (88%)
Illinois4152$67 million$16 million (23%)
Ohio4429$24 million$11 million (44%)
Mississippi33,002$11 million$11 million (100%)
TOTAL36697,529$4.9 billion$2.2 billion (44%)

Top 15 countries | The US tops the list of countries subsidizing top-grossing films with smoking. But, together, more than a dozen other nations hand just as much, with almost all the money going to big-budget Hollywood movie productions seen around the world. Taxpayers also cover much of tobacco's huge health costs.

PUBLIC SUBSIDIES|Films in 15 top-ranked countries, 2010-2020
Top 15 countriesSmoking filmsImpressions (millions)Subsidies for all top filmsShare of subsidies for smoking films
United States405106,802$5.42 billion$2.37 billion (43%)
United Kingdom7826,070$2.57 billion$873 million (34%)
Canada6317,837$1.61 billion$577 million (35%)
Germany143,157$164 million$123 million (75%)
Australia115,212$453 million$139 million (30%)
France113,975$185 million$65 million (35%)
Hungary10930$252 million$113 million (45%)
New Zealand106,512$252 million$193 million (76%)
South Africa7888$107 million$38 million (35%)
Italy5440$62 million$41 million (65%)
Mexico5121$7 million$4 million (49%)
Spain5218$64 million$42 million (66%)
Colombia222$5 million$5 million (100%)
Czech Republic2499$20 million$14 million (69%)
Ireland225$12 million$5 million (40%)
TOTAL630172,708$11.2 billion$4.6 billion (41%)