A Billion Lives

Official Selection Doc Edge Festival 2016

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A Billion Lives

Director Aaron Biebert
Duration 92 mins

In 20 years’ time, there will be nearly 1.6 billion smoker around the world. Approximately 70% of smokers want to quit.

The United Nations’ World Health Organisation expects a billion people will die prematurely from smoking this century. The products their doctors recommend are rarely effective and many are trapped.

A new vapour technology was invented to give smokers a successful way to quit. But it was quickly demonised, and even banned in many countries. A perfect storm is brewing between smokers trying to quit, government regulators, and health charities funded by the powerful pharmaceutical industry.

Director Aaron Biebert travelled across four continents interviewing doctors, scientists, and others working to save a billion lives. What he found was profound government failure, widespread corruption in the public health community and powerful subversion by big business.

Supported by

End Smoking NZ (Wellington screenings)

Vape2Save (Auckland screenings)

Written by

The Documentary New Zealand Trust

22 Apr 2016

Interests The Documentary New Zealand Trust is a not-for-profit charitable organisation based in Auckland which was founded in 2004.