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A Billion Lives

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Aaron Biebert

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About the Movie

The United Nations’ World Health Organization projects that a billion people will die this century from smoking. In the next 20 years, there will be half a billion new smokers around the world. While the number of smokers continues to rise dramatically, approximately 70% of them want to kick the habit. Sadly, the products doctors recommend are rarely effective -- and some smoking cessation medicines are even known to lead to suicide. As rates of smoking-related death and disease continue to spiral out of control, many smokers feel trapped with very little options. One invention, however, has changed all that. Thirteen years ago, a Chinese scientist and heavy smoker invented a vapor technology that successfully gave him, and other smokers, a safe, non-prescriptive, affordable, and effective way to stop smoking. This technology is regarded by health professionals around the world to be not only 95% safer than smoking, but also highly effective in helping people quit. However, its similarity to the action of smoking has been both its strength and its curse; it was quickly demonized, penalized, and banned in many countries. As a result, one of the most contentious health debates in the history of public health is raging among smokers and former smokers who use vapor technology, government regulators who benefit from cigarette sales, and the powerful pharmaceutical industry. It’s the making of a perfect storm. To find the truth, award-winning director and executive producer Aaron Biebert traveled across four continents, interviewing medical doctors, scientists, technologists and policy makers from major international health organizations who are working to save the billion lives projected to be lost this century from smoking-related diseases. What he found was shocking: complete government failure, widespread corruption in the public health community, and the manipulation of both perpetrated by the big businesses who profit from the sale of tobacco and smoking cessation drugs. A Billion Lives shows how pharmaceutical companies, anti-smoking advocacy groups, tobacco companies, and even our own state and federal governments are to blame for the disinformation, over-regulation, and banning of e-cigarettes worldwide.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 5
  • Fresh: 2
  • Rotten: 3
  • Average Rating: 6.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: The kind of documentary that asks you to accept one set of experts' version of things and reject another's, when you suspect that disinterested parties are probably rare on either side. – Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, Oct 27, 2016

Rotten: "A Billion Lives" employs a variety of experts in relaying its message, but it sometimes feels like a statistic-filled, 95-minute commercial for the vaping industry rather than a feature-length documentary. – Kimber Myers, Los Angeles Times, Oct 27, 2016

Rotten: Demonstrating an egregious contempt for science, Biebert and his subjects attack the call for research into the effects of electronic cigarettes as nothing more than shilling for tax collectors and Big Pharma. – Daphne Howland, Village Voice, Oct 26, 2016

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Customer Reviews

Big Tobacco Kills…lil vapor doesn’t

I had the opportunity to see this film three times, and every time i caught something new.
Very week written, and the Winston man, mad my day….remember he was there when 9 out of ten doctors preferred Lucky Strikes ( Cigarette brand back in the day ).He lost a brother to cancer sticks, and finally saw what big tobacco was all about….then he learned , as this film will teach you, that it never was about anything but the MONEY….every cigarette smoker needs to see this film, in every country. Politicians will do or say anything for money, and your health be dammed….” a smoker for life is the best customer, no matter how short that life may be “.

This should be showed in schools as a mandatory tool , to teach all brain washed humans to look for the truth, and to look for the lies in the truths...

A movie that clears the air!

This is an amazing movie that sets the record straight on vapor products that the lives they help save. It also exposes just how bad corruption is in all levels of government and healthcare!

Glad to see a release

It has been a long time, and I'm ready to watch!

A Billion Lives
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2016

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