How you pay for smoking in movies

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

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 states, 2010-2018
Top 15 statesSmoking filmsImpressions (millions)Subsidies for all top filmsShare of subsidies for smoking films
California8017,568$701 million$356 million (50%)
New York469,564$618 million$328 million (53%)
Georgia428,611$772 million$248 million (32%)
Louisiana416,954$680 million$302 million (44%)
New Mexico194,372$282 million$125 million (44%)
Massachusetts189,730$324 million$146 million (45%)
Pennsylvania171,872$212 million$94 million (44%)
North Carolina63,862$112 million$56 million (49%)
Alabama41,842$15 million$9 million (62%)
Connecticut4161$131 million$17 million (13%)
Hawaii498$27 million$24 million (88%)
Puerto Rico3751$41 million$18 million (44%)
Texas3513$39 million$17 million (43%)
Mississippi22,904$10 million$10 million (100%)
Nevada2812$25 million$18 million (74%)
TOTAL29169,614$4.0 billion$1.8 billion (44%)
PUBLIC SUBSIDIES|Films in 15 top-ranked countries, 2010-2018
Top 15 countriesSmoking filmsImpressions (millions)Subsidies for all top filmsShare of subsidies for smoking films
United States32177,142$4.44 billion$1.93 billion (43%)
United Kingdom6217,456$1.89 billion$733 million (38%)
Canada4512,798$1.30 billion$462 million (35%)
Germany132,929$148 million$116 million (78%)
France103,909$164 million$59 million (35%)
Australia95,041$359 million$129 million (35%)
New Zealand95,848$210 million$193 million (91%)
Hungary6450$154 million$67 million (43%)
Italy5440$62 million$41 million (65%)
Mexico4118$5 million$4 million (79%)
South Africa4620$83 million$25 million (30%)
Spain3132$37 million$33 million (90%)
Colombia222$5 million$5 million (100%)
Czech Republic2499$20 million$14 million (69%)
Ireland225$8 million$5 million (57%)
TOTAL497127,429$8.9 billion$3.8 billion (43%)