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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:

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Twitter:

@ABillionLives

@Biebert


Related:

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My latest:

Vaping In The News May 13th, 2017

Nicotine Is Not Addictive.

Health aspects of e-cigarettes – Short information for physicians


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Research:


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Your comments are NEVER filtered, always encouraged and welcome on this blog.

More to come.

Keep ON #Vaping On.

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Vaping In The News–May 6th, 2017

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Vaping In The News – April 30th – May 6th, 2017

Coordination with the FDA: Hartland, Wisconsin ~ Please Keep Smoking Award ~ Smoke Some More ~ Views & News On Cole Bishop ~ There’s A List ~ Coverup, Judicial Watch ~ Senator Johnson ~ Truth Initiative ~ Health aspects of e-cigarettes ~ Fergus Mason ~ Nicotine


Hartland, Wisconsin

Imagine for a moment that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has overstepped their authority in “deeming” anything to do with e-cigarettes.

Imagine #EnoughIsEnough:

Coordination with the FDA: Hartland, Wisconsin Holds Public Hearings


Please Keep Smoking Award

State Rep. Mary Jo Daley, (D-PA) is the recipient of this week’s “Please Keep Smoking” award. Seems the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network likes to give out “awards” to keep people smoking.

Here’s her shameless self-promotion piece:

Daley earns ‘Distinguished Advocacy Award’ from American Cancer Society


FDA: Please Keep Smoking More

The FDA likes smoking so much, they have an initiative to figure out how to keep people smoking under an “initiative” to pretend to get them to smoke “less”.

I thought the FDA’s purpose was to regulate, not initiate.

I covered “lower nicotine” and 22nd Century here in March of last year…

“The company’s cigarettes are part of an estimated $20 million FDA initiative to determine “the best method to quit smoking

there’s more, as I predicted.

22nd Century gets FDA authorization for low tar-to-nicotine cigarette clinical trial


Views & News On Cole Bishop

Oliver Kershaw

Cole Bishop just failed. What now?

Jim McDonald

Cole-Bishop budget rider fails. Here’s what we need to do!

Tony Ottomanelli II

Cole-Bishop HR 1136 Update: Must-Know Need to Know Info


There’s a list:

Open Secrets has this article highlighting the “Top recipients of contributions from the tobacco industry, 2016 cycle”

Big tobacco in 2017: Full steam ahead

My pal DrMA asked them this question:


Covering up the obvious isn’t enough.

The FDA is batting 1,000 with non-answers – as if they were above the law.

With Former FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg under R.I.C.O. charges, Senator Ron Johnson being ignored last year asking the FDA repeatedly to produce documentation, and Hartland asking questions above, Judicial Watch has asked, through the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) for – well – information.

I’ll wait.

Judicial Watch Sues over Records on Obama E-Cig Regs

Here’s their video on the matter.



Senator Ron Johnson

Johnson Applauds Trump Administration for Delaying Harmful E-Cigarette Rule


Truth Initiative Whines & Brags

Skip is certain.

Here’s the whining & bragging:

What 2017’s first Congressional appropriations deal means for tobacco control


WorldWide Survey

This SURVEY is still going:

The Tobacco Harm Reduction Association of Canada (THRA) is conducting this survey for anyone – ANYONE to take. Smokers, non-smokers, vapers.

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The importance of your voice is NEEDED.

Please take the survey HERE.


Health aspects of e-cigarettes

Need a document for your physician?

Well…

Here is that link:

Health aspects of e-cigarettes – Short information for Physicians


The Fergus Mason:

FDA e-cig ban under fire from all sides as safety evidence mounts


Nicotine

Via Jim McDonald

Remember, folks, “nicotine” is now tobacco.

People are usually interested in how long nicotine remains in the system because their employer wants to test for nicotine, either as a condition of employment, or more commonly to determine the cost of health insurance.

How long does nicotine stay in your system?

 



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Vaping In The News–April 22nd, 2017

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Vaping In The News – April 16th – April 22nd, 2017

Hunter Vaping Legislation Ready To Replace Deeming Regs ~ Worldwide Survey ~ A Billion Lives ~ Clive Bates ~ Discrimination ~ Regulations ~ Mayor of TobaccoVille ~ New Surgeon General ~ Battery Safety (NFPA) ~ 625 MILLION Dollars ~ Negative Effects ~ Less Harmful ~ No Proof of Nicotine Addiction


Via Brent Stafford & Regulator Watch

Brent Stafford and Regulator Watch have been pressing many issues in the e-cigarette world and keeping us informed.

Related:

The FDA Deeming Clarification Act of 2017 (HR 1136) was introduced on Thursday, February 16th. Republican Tom Cole of Oklahoma (4th district) and Democrat Sanford Bishop of Georgia (2nd district) have built on previous legislative attempts from 2015 and 2016. HR 1136 is an updated version of HR 2058 and the Cole/Bishop amendment.

HR 1136 – Modernizing the predicate date for vapor products is a vital first step


WorldWide Survey

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The Tobacco Harm Reduction Association of Canada has this survey for anyone to take.

The importance of your voice is NEEDED.

Please take the survey HERE.


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A Billion Lives

A Billion Lives has been released worldwide.

This film received NO funding to make this movie. I’ve already heard from #FreeTeamShit that it is being bootlegged.

There is no reason not to see it and NO excuse to watch it for free.

Son of a bitch, this is LESS than a bottle of e-liquid.

The Director of Scientific Communication with CASAA, Brian Carter, posted this on Twitter yesterday:

PAY for it. You can RENT it for only $3.49 or PURCHASE your copy for $9.95 here:

RENT or PURCHASE A Billion Lives


Clive Bates

Highlights from England:

  1. Realistic science
  2. Practical professional guidance and policy
  3. Reasonable public health consensus statements and policy positions
  4. Useful data
  5. Engaged consumers
  6. Groundbreaking conferences
  7. Forthright commentators

Clive never stops. He’s ALWAYS in top form.

Vaping and tobacco harm reduction – highlights from England


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Speaking of discrimination

Since e-cigarettes and nicotine were deemed a tobacco product on National Tobacco Day, you can be fired, or “not hired” due to tobacco use.

In some cases, adult tobacco users have even been fired from their jobs just because they use tobacco products during their free time, and that’s not right….

…in some workplaces, if you smoke or dip, you won’t get hired.

That’s all here:

Tobacco and Jobs


Regulation gets a gander

“Future policy debates should evaluate the opportunities for vapour devices to decrease the health and social burdens of the tobacco epidemic.”

Claims in vapour device (e-cigarette) regulation: A Narrative Policy Framework analysis


The Mayor Of TobaccoVille

Surprise, the New York mayor is poised to raise taxes is an idiot.

Bill de Blasio and Big Tobacco: Together in Smoke


Surgeon General Vivek Murthy is GONE.

That does not mean “anything”. The new SG, Sylvia Trent-Adams, surely will take her place in the saddle to do exactly as she is told.

Trump gets rid of surgeon general

Rear Admiral Sylvia Trent-Adams is the current Acting Surgeon General of the United States.


Battery Safety Report

Directly from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

Forty battery fires since 2009.

Electronic Cigarette Explosions and Fires: The 2015 Experience


625 MILLION Dollars

Well, don’t get excited, it is actually $624,973,444.00. Cheap bastards the FDA are.

For this company. True North Communications.

FDA CTP Ad Campaign Program


Negative Effects

Chris Price gives his view of the negative effects in classic style:

What are the negative effects of electronic cigarette?


New Study Shows Vaping Less Harmful Again

From Robert Morgen, a report from British American Tobacco showing the effect on genes…………..

“The results were astonishing.”

New Study Shows Vaping Less Harmful Again


No Proof of Nicotine Addiction

Nicotine addiction MUST to be at the top five lies in public health, tobacco control and is, in my consumer-driven view, the largest lie in smoking “cessation”.

I’ve tweeted and posted this challenge to facebook to many useful idiots. Many of you have shared it, and thank you. (I’m still on a mission.)

NOT one public health expert has proven addiction to nicotine in my challenge.

Originally set at 30 days, I have not let it expire. I think they need more time.

*Think of the implications of the claim, and the multi-million dollar industry who is unable to prove me wrong.

Mike above is the VP of a company that believes lowering nicotine in cigarettes is a good idea.

More on that next week. In the meantime, they can still prove themselves right, and you can still donate to e-cigarette research.

WE are raising funds for Dr. Farsalinos & his team.

$605.00 has been raised so far.  To *donate any amount, please go here:

Nicotine Addiction: An Open 30-Day Public Health Challenge



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Research:


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E-Cigarette Politics 


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Keep ON #Vaping On.

Kevin

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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 inactions.



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:

A Billion Lives


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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Vape Shops. This is your business.

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Photo courtesy Lindsay Fox of Ecigarettereviewed.com

You’re a vape shop owner? Are you saving lives and yourselves? Not afraid of the regulations your industry is under? Are you even aware there are regulations? If not, I’m talking to you. You’re probably already wondering who the hell I am and why I’ve got a chip on my shoulder. Well – let me explain myself and then we can move on from the formalities. I figure that’s only fair.

I’m not “in the industry”. I am however, a consumer. If you feel like I’m not talking to you, then you’re probably a stellar shop owner and are doing everything you can to save this industry, including your own business. As you were.


Don’t get confused, I’m also an advocate for you. Well, not really for you – for people like this lady who you haven’t met yet and about 40 million in the United States like her who may come visit YOU. See, I didn’t open a vape shop. I certainly wanted to in 2013 when I realized I could potentially help others realize what I had accidentally found out. Vaping worked when nothing else did. I say it saved my life. I get that.

I looked at doing so. I did cost analysis, looked at market trends *skyrocketing*, checked a few locations and saw 7 shops already competing within my home town of about 45,000. That itself was saturated. Still, forging ahead, I found wholesalers (NICE markups, eh?), I checked insurance rates – you know – all the things that go into starting a business.

I also gave serious consideration of the unknown FDA regulations coming down the line. I still wanted dearly to do it, but with all those factors, poor credit and having previously closed a business in 2007 – I also understood risk v.s. reward. I decided for my family – at the time, I could not take the risk.


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 Photo courtesy Chris Hughes

Now that the formalities are out of the way, I know you should be THE front line in the battle against every law, restriction, tax and ban any way you can. I’d bet I  know your demographics better than you do. I understand nicotine strength and why it’s not addictive. I know why you’re talking people away from ego style products. I know why you’re selling high end equipment to folks who don’t WANT to blow clouds. I’ll bet I can talk shop about your first time customers as good or better than you can.

I know how you’ll lose business, and bet you the price of a brand new ego 2200 (at cost) that I could bring you more business to your shop. I’ll bet you don’t have a computer in your store to show research to customers when they have questions and I’ll wager your receipts don’t print out & tell customers about CASAA.

I’d venture to say you’re probably not a member of SFATA or the AVA or AEMSA. VTA or any local or state group. I’d bet if you had a sign explaining the FDA regulations we are ALL facing to your customers, they’d be just as pissed off as you are should be, because you’re not allowed by law to do things  to properly help the next smoker who may walk through that door.


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 Photo courtesy Chris Hughes

I’ll bet you’re a former smoker, using +/- 3MG and you’ve got the most expensive rig available. I’ll bet you’re thinking I’m an asshole as you blow clouds at your screen. IF you’re not running e-liquid through your back room or basement, you’d be embarrassed to show me where it is you manufacture it. I’d bet you’ve tossed free shit into a crowd. If I’m describing you, I’ll bet you’re wondering how you can get your hands around my throat. That’s mutual. Save that energy, I’m not quite done yet.

I’ll venture to say you’ve pondered the trademark or intellectual properties covering the e-liquid – but after about 10 seconds, you’ve only run it through your mind a couple other times since. You’ve probably heard of marketing to children but didn’t think it applied to you. I could go on but you’re starting to either feel guilty or relate to who should be feeling guilty as described. We can still be friends, there is hope. Let’s call this a one-time free consulting session. You just need to pay attention. This, after all, is YOUR business.


I take advocacy seriously in my off hours. This is, after all, about lives. You also, regardless of the descriptions above, presumably got into the business to help people as you found it helped you. THAT is where I need your mindset to be right now before we go further. Refill your top, get over yourself. Hydrate. Let’s move on.

You should be able to spout these organizations off without fear or hesitation. You should be a member of at least ONE trade organization. Your customers, because you’re informing THEM as well as you are should be aware and a member of at least one of the consumer organizations. You know, to keep them aware in case you forget.

 


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Sean Gore with Rep. Tom Cole.

Photo courtesy Sean Gore


You should be aware of the Child-resistant packaging rules.

You should know and have met YOUR representative and should be on a first name basis, for everyone’s good by now.

You should know everything there is to know about

Cosponsors: H.R.2058 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)

You should be aware of the thousands of vapers on social media who fight every day and don’t own a business. In fact, on twitter we’re called “shills” and worse, “Big Vapor” or “Big Vaping“…. I forget.

I haven’t even touched the tip of what you need to know. If you’re a vendor and you’ve read this far, I not only commend you – I respect you. See, we can be friends.

You should know who is against you. This, after all, is YOUR business.


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 Photo courtesy Chris Hughes


Some awesome people have made this movie, A Billion Lives. It’s an independent film. On August 6th, I drove from Dayton to Milwaukee to see the U.S. Premier. I’ve SEEN it.

NON-smokers and the PUBLIC need to see it. NOW.

Here’s their latest teaser:

You should know how this documentary, A Billion Lives needs to be seen NOW, by the MILLIONS. You should know how highly I regard Aaron Biebert, A Billion Lives, Attention Era Media, and their teams and families for the sacrifices they’ve made to make this stunning film about our fight worldwide.


You should be organizing a screening or MULTIPLE screenings in YOUR area SPONSORING or co-sponsoring it (with or without other shops) to get your name out, buying blocks of tickets. (You’re still here?) Inviting new customers and smokers.

You should be inviting politicians, the local or closest Heart, Lung & Cancer association representatives in your area. Doctors. Nurses. College professors. Making sense?


I don’t know Fig personally, but I know he fights his ass off.

I don’t know Chris Hughes personally but I know he fought HIS ass off and is STILL fighing.

He’s now decided to seek election to the office of State Representative for the 84th Legislative District of PA.

I hope I’ve been condescending informative enough to get you motivated to act. To fight.

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This, after all, is YOUR business.


E-cigarette news you can use

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E-cigarette Research is HERE.

MORE e-cigarette research is also HERE.

If you are a Professional  go HERE.


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More to come.

Keep ON #Vaping On.

Kevin