How much you pay for smoking in movies

Top 15 states | Here is the estimated dollar-value of tax credits and other public subsidies handed out to the producers of films with tobacco imagery. The total subsidies and health damage will keep growing until movies that recruit young people to smoke are made ineligible for taxpayer handouts.

PUBLIC SUBSIDIES | Films in 15 top subsidy states, 2010-2020

Top 15 states Smoking films Impressions (millions) Subsidies for all top films Share of subsidies for smoking films
California 97 27,077 $889 million $454 million (51%)
Georgia 65 11,973 $1.23 billion $380 million (30%)
New York 58 18,624 $697 million $389 million (55%)
Louisiana 44 10,990 $706 million $311 million (43%)
Massachusetts 24 12,215 $370 million $185 million (49%)
New Mexico 22 4,484 $302 million $145 million (48%)
Pennsylvania 21 1,926 $242 million $113 million (46%)
North Carolina 6 3,974 $112 million $56 million (49%)
Alabama 5 1,848 $17 million $9 million (56%)
Texas 5 576 $70 million $48 million (68%)
Connecticut 4 161 $149 million $17 million (11%)
Hawaii 4 98 $27 million $24 million (88%)
Illinois 4 152 $67 million $16 million (23%)
Ohio 4 429 $24 million $11 million (44%)
Mississippi 3 3,002 $11 million $11 million (100%)
TOTAL 366 97,529 $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 countries Smoking films Impressions (millions) Subsidies for all top films Share of subsidies for smoking films
United States 405 106,802 $5.42 billion $2.37 billion (43%)
United Kingdom 78 26,070 $2.57 billion $873 million (34%)
Canada 63 17,837 $1.61 billion $577 million (35%)
Germany 14 3,157 $164 million $123 million (75%)
Australia 11 5,212 $453 million $139 million (30%)
France 11 3,975 $185 million $65 million (35%)
Hungary 10 930 $252 million $113 million (45%)
New Zealand 10 6,512 $252 million $193 million (76%)
South Africa 7 888 $107 million $38 million (35%)
Italy 5 440 $62 million $41 million (65%)
Mexico 5 121 $7 million $4 million (49%)
Spain 5 218 $64 million $42 million (66%)
Colombia 2 22 $5 million $5 million (100%)
Czech Republic 2 499 $20 million $14 million (69%)
Ireland 2 25 $12 million $5 million (40%)
TOTAL 630 172,708 $11.2 billion $4.6 billion (41%)