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, 2010-2019
Top 15 statesSmoking filmsImpressions (millions)Subsidies for all top filmsShare of subsidies for smoking films
California9326,285$908 million$410 million (45%)
Georgia6211,700$1.17 billion$352 million (29%)
New York5618,260$695 million$389 million (56%)
Louisiana4310,843$689 million$308 million (44%)
Massachusetts2210,902$356 million$170 million (47%)
New Mexico224,484$302 million$145 million (48%)
Pennsylvania191,900$232 million$103 million (44%)
North Carolina63,974$112 million$56 million (49%)
Alabama51,848$15 million$9 million (62%)
Texas5576$70 million$48 million (68%)
Connecticut4161$131 million$17 million (13%)
Hawaii498$27 million$24 million (88%)
Illinois3147$64 million$14 million (21%)
Mississippi33,002$11 million$11 million (100%)
Puerto Rico3751$46 million$18 million (39%)
TOTAL35094,931$4.8 billion$2.1 billion (43%)

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, 2010-2019
Top 15 countriesSmoking filmsImpressions (millions)Subsidies for all top filmsShare of subsidies for smoking films
United States388103,552$5.27 billion$2.26 billion (42%)
United Kingdom7524,610$2.46 billion$850 million (34%)
Canada6217,488$1.57 billion$575 million (36%)
Germany143,157$164 million$123 million (75%)
Australia115,212$452 million$139 million (30%)
France113,975$185 million$65 million (35%)
Hungary10929$252 million$113 million (45%)
New Zealand106,512$251 million$193 million (76%)
South Africa6882$99 million$30 million (30%)
Italy5440$62 million$41 million (65%)
Mexico5121$7 million$4 million (49%)
Spain4209$55 million$33 million (60%)
Colombia222$5 million$5 million (100%)
Czech Republic2499$20 million$14 million (69%)
Ireland225$8 million$5 million (57%)
TOTAL607167,633$10.9 billion$4.5 billion (41%)