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You don’t Know Nicotine

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You Don’t Know Nicotine

Award-Winning Filmmaker

Award-winning independent filmmaker Aaron Biebert is on the move again. He and his core team are ready to get to work on his new ground-breaking documentary, “You Don’t Know Nicotine”. In just four days, momentum is building quickly towards the first goal of funding this new film.


It isn’t a question, it is a statement.


“You Don’t Know Nicotine”.


On the Kickstarter page, Aaron asks:

  • How does nicotine actually affect developing brains?
  • Are there any benefits to adults who use nicotine without smoking?
  • Who’s covering up the truth about nicotine, and why?

Updated 1/30/2019: “Thanks to you, our project is currently the #1 most popular film project on Kickstarter!”


What they say

Varied statements of nicotine being as addictive as “heroin and cocaine” have been made for decades. They don’t just say it, they are assertive about it.


Action on Smoking and Health quotes Dr. Gottlieb stating it “rivals the addictive power of heroin and cocaine. For teens, it is particularly risky” and it “can rewire an adolescent’s brain“.

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The Centers for Disease Control say nicotine is a drug that “can harm brain development, memory, and attention“.

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Cliff Douglas, “Vice-President Tobacco Control, American Cancer Society, and faculty, University of Michigan School of Public Health” states nicotine leads to changes in the brain.

Cliff Douglas
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The Food and Drug Administration says – like heroin or cocaine, it changes the way your brain works.

Food and Drug Administration
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The Surgeon General says nicotine is “highly addictive” and can “harm brain development“.

Surgeon General
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Ruth Malone, Professor of Nursing & Public Health Policy UC San Francisco, Editor, Tobacco Control journal – has a slightly different slant.

Ruth Malone
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“The great enemy of truth is very often not the lie–deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic…”


Are There Benefits? Are they right?

Think about it: is nicotine addictive? Is it dangerous? What are the health risks? Can it harm brain development? Are there benefits to the chemical?

What are they hiding?

Is there justification to what you’ve been told about nicotine or is the information outdated? Is what they say taken out of context? Do some of the people repeating it know it’s true or false?


“Too often we hold fast to the cliches of our forebears. We subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations…”


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Is there a controversy?

The subject matter of this film is intriguing to me. In March of 2017, and in collaboration with others, I conducted a “30-day Nicotine Challenge (with criteria: still uncontested).


What I expect from Aaron Biebart and his seasoned team is thought-provoking truth. I am looking foward to their findings, good or bad.

Why has this not been explored before?

Like his last award-winning independent film, I’m fascinated to see this subject taken head-on. I expect the public health community to line up (in an orderly fashion) to take unprecedented opportunity to explain themselves intelligently and end the debate publicly.

I also expect some to ignore it.


We enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought. ~John F. Kennedy


Searching for answers

While getting to the bottom of this, I expect – and predict – this director will enlighten us in the process, bringing this subject front and center, telling the world what we don’t know about nicotine.

I fully support this project because I understand the freedom of expression without outside influence. I understand educating the public is much less about ego and much more about education.

Regardless of the outcome, I look forward to the opportunity of discomfort of thought.


I’ll leave you with what the Kickstarter page says:

“We will chase down as many experts (willing & unwilling) as our budget allows. It’s time to get answers from all sides of this debate.”

If you’re interested, you can pitch in as little as $5.00 or much more, with levels and rewards being different, such as your name in the credits, an early streaming link, honoring a loved one who died from a smoking-related or brain-related illness, a public screening license, and much more – up to and including the “Tater Tot” level.

The Kickstarter campaign is here.

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My sincerest hope is this film will Change The Conversation .




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A Billion Lives : The Fight Continues

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A Billion Lives, the award-winning documentary film – is making a global impact on policy, politics, and regulations.

The Fight Continues

The fight for A Billion Lives continues in Iceland where their Parliment must weigh their options on the evidence for a safer alternative to smoking.

Included was a live-stream from the conference with Linda Bauld, Prof Peter Hajek, Prof John Britton, Clive Bates, Director Aaron Biebert and more.


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In New Zealand

Do NOT dismiss the power of this film.

This film is already a history-making documentary.

In New Zealand earlier this year, the film helped CHANGE the DIRECTION on legislation of e-cigarettes with combined efforts from Dr. Marewa Glover and the team at Aotearoa Vape Community Advocacy (AVCA).

Here’s a few links pertaining to New Zealand: New Zealand – Special Edition


MUCH More Than A Film

The Village of Hartland, Wisconsin is challenging the deeming rules set by the Food & Drug Administration for not coordinating with the Hartland government.

Both the film and Director Aaron Biebert’s testimony are on public record from the hearings and are headed to Washington.




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Much More Than A Movement

This brand new consumer group formed on Facebook  – has grown quickly to over 3,000 folks in under a week and show no signs of slowing down.

Here’s that group:  A Billion Vapers

To rent or purchase the film online,

please go here.


Find A Billion lives:

On their website at:

ABillionLives.com


Facebook:

A Billion Lives


Twitter:

@ABillionLives

@Biebert


Related:

A Billion Lives


My latest:

Vaping In The News May 13th, 2017

Nicotine Is Not Addictive.

Health aspects of e-cigarettes – Short information for physicians


NEWS from my friends across the pond: Vapers.org.uk.

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Research:


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A Billion Lives

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A Billion Lives

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The actions of government, public health and tobacco control stating there is a desire to decrease or end tobacco use is a smoke-screen. Corruption and power over the general population wielded by those in “charge” is quietly disguised as authority and compassion.

Exposure of this film is essential to dissect the hypocrisy for the public. This film points directly to the inexcusable position “authorities” have taken publicly against vaping products demanding regulation, forcing bans and repeating lies. This has given smokers searching for the truth about these products a bleak, misinformed perspective.

The world needs to see the orchestrated manipulation documented in this film, and they need to understand why it’s happening. Those in charge need to be held accountable for their actions as well as their in-actions.



A task not meant for the weak or timid, the ‘A Billion Lives’ crew is about to challenge the ultimate authority, the World Health Organization in Delhi, India – during the biggest “tobacco control” meeting in the world, “The seventh session of the Conference of the Parties (COP7)”. The A Billion Lives premier in Delhi is November 9th, 2016.


Who is in the documentary:

 and more.

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Awards:

  • 2016 Supreme Jury Prize (Best Picture) at Melbourne Documentary Film Festival
  • 2016 Best International Documentary at Jozi Film Festival (South Africa)
  • 2016 Best Director at Melbourne Documentary Film Festival
  • 2016 Remi Award
  • 2016 Best International Feature – Finalist at DocEdge (New Zealand)
  • The Dorn Award via Global Forum on Nicotine

 


Who declined to be interviewed for the film:

 


This is a collection of “A Billion Lives” reviews and articles below. I’ll add more to this list as I see them. Please feel free to leave any links to reviews and articles not on here in the comments below.


Reviews


Lucire

May 2016:

A Billion Lives has world première in New Zealand, revealing powerful forces aiding the tobacco industry


Ryan Jay Reviews

May 2016:

A Billion Lives Review


Dick Puddlecoat

June 2016

A Review Of A Billion Lives … I Didn’t Hate It


Fergus Mason via Vaping Post

A Billion Lives opens in the USA, while transatlantic research divide continues to widen

Also:

Fergus Mason via Vaping360:

A Billion Lives Review – We Saw It! Did It Deliver?


From GrimmGreen:

A Billion Lives: Documentary review


The Spot Online:

September 2016

A Billion Lives African Premiere Review


Herman Cain attended the U.S. premier in Milwaukee and interviews the film’s Director Aaron Biebert here.


Kevin Crowley (This blog)

A Billion Lives. Feel the passion, love your neighbor.


Meg (VapeMeStoopid)

A Billion Lives – Part 1 The Road Trip to Milwaukee

A Billion Lives – Part 2 The North American Premiere

A Billion Lives – Part 3 The Last Day & Goodbyes


L.A. Times:

October 2016

Pro-vaping documentary ‘A Billion Lives’ makes a compelling case


PR Newswire:

October 2016

The Movie “A Billion Lives” Has Sparked a National Movement Highlighting Corruption and the Billion Deaths Possible From Smoking Related Illness


Broadway World

October 2016

Award-Winning Documentary A BILLION LIVES Begins Worldwide Theatrical Release Today


Village Voice:

Hooray-for-Vaping Doc ‘A Billion Lives’ Can’t Get Its Numbers Right


New York Times

Review: ‘A Billion Lives’ Claims There’s a Conspiracy Against Vaping


Jester Midnight Musings

A Billion Lives – What Are Public Health Officials Afraid Of ?


Simon Clark Taking Liberties

Thoughts on A Billion Lives


Via The Street


*****WITH VIDEO INTERVIEW
of Aaron Beibert, David Goerlitz & Sally Satel:

Documentary “A Billion Lives” Targets FDA Regulations on Vaping


From Clive Bates

Who, among other things, was IN the film… on just where the numbers come from:

A billion lives?


 

 


Oscar bound?

A well deserved placement on a list of films, it was announced that “A Billion Lives” was on a list of 139 films being considered for nomination as “best documentary” for the Oscars by TheWrap.com.


Other Articles:


Health News Digest

Let’s Save A Billion Lives


Forbes (Jared Meyer)

October 2016

Government Puts Tobacco Interests Above A Billion Lives


Hollywood Reporter

‘A Billion Lives’: Film Review


Yahoo Finance:

Vaping Controversy Documentary Film “A Billion Lives” Makes North American Premiere on August 6 at the Historic Pabst Theater in Milwaukee


Paul BarnesFacts Do Matter:

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Greg King’s Film Reviews:

A BILLION LIVES – interview with director Aaron Biebert


James Curnow / Curnblog

Aaron Biebert discusses A Billion Lives


Liam Bryan (Vapers In Power)

I’m sorry I haven’t got A Billion Lives for you anyway


Phil Busardo (Taste Your Juice)

A BILLION LIVES – THE HOLLYWOOD PREMIER


Kevin Crowley (This blog)

A Billion Lives: Exposing the lies on e-cigarettes.

Guest post: Agent Ania (This blog)

This is about a film entitled ‘A Billion Lives’.

Kevin Crowley (Me)

“A Billion Lives” exposes dedicated attacks against vaping by Health and Government


Daniel Hall via Guide To Vaping

A Billion Lives aiming at WHO’s Stacked Deck


Videos:

A Billion Lives YouTube Channel


Producers: Jimi Jake Shaw, Jennifer Biebert, Jesse Hieb, Shem Biebert.

Associate Producers:

Colin Wilcox & Caleb M. Pearson

Studio:

Attention Era Media

Music by:

Steven Pitzl with Timothy Wolf, Antics, The Other Shapes & The Royal


Find A Billion lives:

On their website at:

ABillionLives.com


Facebook:

A Billion Lives


Twitter:

@ABillionLives

@Biebert

A Billion Lives is an independent film.

If you’d like to see it in your area, go here.



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A Billion Lives: Exposing the lies on e-cigarettes.

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The filmA Billion Lives is giving the world an astonishing perspective about the ferocious fight over e-cigarettes between governments, health professionals and organizations around the world… and why.

“A billion people projected to die…you’ll be surprised who’s keeping it that way.”

The world deserves answers.

While organizations and their representatives posture themselves by claiming the reduction or “elimination” of tobacco is a goal, the actions and motives speak volumes by deterring smokers from switching to a much less harmful alternative.

Their actions, and inaction has loudly and publicly objected to vaping products, while quietly trying to keep tobacco burning and revenue as their priority over public health.

“Nobody wants to talk about it…money has something to do with everything.”               ~David Goerlitz

Below is a staggering list of the “who’s who” of public health organizations and personalities who declined interviews for this film.

Big brother has lied again…They’re trying to force an entire industry out of business that is helping people to stop smoking.    ~ Herman Cain

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What are they trying to hide?

Instead of accepting the technology with vaping products as another tool to reach the well claimed goal of an “end-game” of what they describe as a tobacco epidemic, they, with derelict of duty, “public healthprefer to fight against e-cigarettes – instead of supporting what may be the answer to dramatically reducing or elimination of combustible tobacco.

EACH one above did NOTHING to stand up, to educate themselves, and instead created a media storm to denounce these products and supported regulations of (nicotine) vaping products as “tobacco” instead. I encourage you to call them and ask them WHY.

“Health organizations like those mentioned above are funded by sickness and disease. They surely won’t support a device that reduces disease. That’s an automatic pay cut.”                                                   ~Robert McNew

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Here is a list of people who are speaking out in A Billion Lives:

David Goerlitz “Former Winston Man”
Dr. Derek Yach Former Executive Director of the World Health Association (WHO)
Dr. Delon Human: Past Secretary-General & CEO World Health Organization (WHO)
Hon Lik: Inventor
Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos Onassis Cardiac Surgery Greece, ecigarette-research.org
Dr. Attila Danko GP-Ballarat, Australia
Jeff Stier Senior Fellow-National Center for Public Policy Research, Washington, D.C.
Dr. Gerry Stimson PhD Director of Knowledge-Action-Change
Clive Bates Former Director, Action on Smoking and Health (ASH)
David Sweanor Adjunct Professor of Law
Oliver Kershaw Director at E-cigarette Forum & Vaping.com
Bill Godshall Founder and Executive Director of Smokefree Pennsylvania
and more.

“I was so angry when this movie ended, I felt like I could chew glass.”      ~Ryan Jay


A Billion Lives is making a direct global impact on society as it tells the story about corruption, politics of tobacco control, anti-smoking groups, public health, tobacco companies, pharmaceuticals and governments worldwide over the money and control they’ve lost and want to regain.

The depiction in this film of the criminal intent to stop the disruption of cash flow to businesses, tax revenue and funding of “special interest groups” is sharp, honest and insightful.

Smoking…. it’s good business. So they lie.    ~Aaron Biebert

Directed by Aaron Biebert and released by Attention Era Media, the film has premiered on four continents and already earned five prestigious awards including:

  • 2016 Supreme Jury Prize (Best Picture) at Melbourne Documentary Film Festival
  • 2016 Best International Documentary at Jozi Film Festival (South Africa)
  • 2016 Best Director at Melbourne Documentary Film Festival
  • 2016 Remi Award
  • 2016 Best International Feature – Finalist at DocEdge (New Zealand)

“An extraordinary untold story.”    ~ Oliver Kershaw


Oscar bound?

A well deserved placement on a list of films, it was announced that “A Billion Lives” is on a list of 139 films being considered for nomination as “best documentary” for the Oscars by TheWrap.com.


Producers: Jimi Jake Shaw, Jennifer Biebert, Jesse Hieb, Shem Biebert,

Associate Producers: Colin Wilcox & Caleb M. Pearson


“The makers of this film did their due diligence, the narrative of this movie is immaculate.”     ~Kevin Crowley

In 2015, A Billion Lives was censored for being a “tobacco product” by Facebook here
Again in 2016, Facebook censored this Forbes article from being boosted:

Herman Cain was at the U.S. premier in Milwaukee and spoke with Director Aaron Biebert here.


A Billion Lives is an independent film.

If you’d like to see it in your area, go here.

WHY you should go see it HERE.

If you think it should be free, go here.


E-cigarette Research is HERE.

MORE e-cigarette research is also HERE.

If you are a Professional  go HERE.


A BILLION LIVES

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