A Billion Lives (2016)



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The United Nations' World Health Organization projects that a billion people will die prematurely from smoking this century. In the next 20 years, there will be nearly 1.6 billion smokers around the world. A Billion Lives takes a critical look at the history of smoking and the corruption that's led to the current situation where safer, healthier alternatives are banned or heavily restricted in most countries, while the cigarette trade is continually protected. The film examines major conflicts of interest and corruption between governments, big pharmaceutical companies, and public health officials. It also takes a look at the history of e-cigarettes, as well as the role vapor technology and Swedish snus have played in the current health crisis.

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All Critics (5) | Top Critics (3)

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.

Oct 27, 2016 | Full Review…

"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.

Oct 27, 2016 | Full Review…

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.

Oct 26, 2016 | Full Review…

Well-edited, captivating, fair and easy-to-follow, but it's ultimately not balanced enough to rise above more searing, powerful and haunting docs like Food, Inc. and Super Size Me.

Oct 30, 2016 | Rating: 6.01/10 | Full Review…

The solidly crafted three-act structure of Aaron Biebert's A Billion Lives provides a compelling, infuriating case study in big business dirty tricks.

Jun 30, 2016 | Full Review…

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