- I feel tired and... - Cold. I've no idea what we're doing outside this weird industrial, suspicious, sciencey building. I'm feeling pretty curious about going in to this hospital place. I don't think I've ever had my lungs tested. I'm slightly worried about something terrible they could find. Today, we're going to do some breathing exercises. I'm going to see how the lung can expand, and how much air you can take inside your lung, and how fast you can breathe out. How much volume of the air. When you're ready, just breathe normally, you take a deep breath, and breathe out as fast as you can. Hold it for six seconds. ... two, three, four, five, six. - It's hard! - It's hard work. - I wanna go again. - Yeah, give me another go. So, I have your results here. I would not worry about your test. Ingibjörg, I also have your results. We can also see this is the same as Björn. There's a lot of air going into your lungs and going out. This is the curve of your testing. This is supposed to be a whole circle. Oh, really? Okay. It tells me that your lungs are not in perfect shape. My asthma - I always use it as an excuse, like, "Oh my lungs are bad because of my asthma." - But obviously it's the smoking. - You're supposed to get a whole circle. And also you're only 21 years old. You should be in perfect shape. So this is definitely the smoking. - Yep. - Yeah. It could be better. How long would it take to have much better results after I quit? It would take a few years. A few years? Yeah. If you smoke for more than 10 or 15 years, it will always show in your test. In a few years, you may be experiencing shortness of breath, and coughing, a lot. It would just damage your health. This test would just get worse and worse. When you have this disease like COPD, it's not reversible. There's no cure. And you have COPD all your life. Okay? The body is good at fixing itself, so you kind of always think, it will fix it, if you stop smoking now. But it's bad to know that if you don't, there's no turning back. I got the sense that it's a bit reversible, and I can do something about it if I stop now. I just thought it was embarrassing that we're really young and it's so obvious. Yeah, exactly. It hasn't even been that long smoking and it's pretty noticeable. So it's like, me and her, we can take a lot more breath inside than you guys? It's much better to see test results instead of just seeing, like on the front of a packet, where it just says, Smoking Kills. It's more personal. - Actually seeing the results showing... - That your lungs are ruined. They're getting worse, yeah. I hope you'll keep not smoking, more than one or two days. - One day at a time. - Yeah. One day at a time, like today. These are the cars we're going in. This one and the bigger one over there. We're like emergency helpers. How often do you do this, how often do you get out in the cars and rescue people? It just depends on the weather. If we're going in a lot of snow and glaciers and everything, or out of the road in the dirt or something. I'm really intrigued about what's going to happen today. I'm pretty jealous that this is Björn's hobby. And it's pretty amazing that he's volunteering. He's doing this because he wants to do it. And this is just some of the best scenery in the whole world. When he told me about his volunteer work, I kind of couldn't believe it. That is my idea of hell. I don't know how that's a like hobby for him. Getting up at like 6 in the morning and going into the coldest part of Iceland. - Where are we going? - You see the smoke? It's a hot river and like hot steam. - Are we going to the hot river? - Yeah, we're gonna look at it. Being here in the middle of nowhere, the air is so fresh, that I actually feel really healthy. The smell of sulphur, just seeing endless, white snow, the smoke coming from the sulphur. When you took a step anywhere, the snow would come up to your knee. It feels completely wrong to smoke in like such a beautiful area. I think it's just my personal associations with smoking has always been in like dirty scenarios. And like Iceland is so clean. It's almost like you don't want to ruin how good this is by having a cigarette. It's adding smoke to the air. - How do your lungs feel after the walk? - Actually really, really good. It feels so good. The air is so pure. It feels like I've taken my inhaler. The idea of a cigarette here right now is pretty horrible. It really like makes you appreciate your lungs and all the rest. I think this is the time to give up. Maybe it's something like this that actually starts that way of thinking. Giving up in Iceland is pretty easy, everything pushes you towards giving up. I know that it's going to be a completely different challenge in London. Being here now, not wanting to smoke at all, is very different to going home, and keeping the same feeling and same mindset when you are in an environment where everyone's smoking around you. It's loud and busy. And yeah I think it will be very hard to stay in the same mindset. - Thank you. - Bye, bye. It was so nice. - Very nice to meet you. - Bye. Last night, we had such a good night with them. They all opened up last night. I think they have helped us, I think just them being so compassionate. They care about us after like four days or whatever, they really do. They even helped us not want to smoke because we were so busy. You know always doing something. Playing games, cooking us dinner. It's a really supportive network. That is how families are in Iceland. - Not smoking in Iceland is fine now. - It's been quite easy. We've been busy doing other things. - Have a nice trip home. - We'll come back. - I hope your lungs get stronger. - I think they will. I think we're doing well. It's quite inspiring how much the parents care about their kids not smoking. And how the mum is suffering from smoking, and the children actually look up to what she's saying. The children respect that their parents don't want them to smoke because their parents have been through it. They don't feel the need to rebel. I think, well at least when I was growing up, I think, like me and my mates, that was kind of the purpose of starting smoking was because we'd been told not to. Whereas they really listen to the parents here and take their word quite seriously. Being back, I have been smoking. Not the first day I got back, but the second day. And then the day after and the day after. And I slowly forgot. Because I've been at uni, I've been a bit stressed, people around me are smoking, I'm going out again, and it's just my normal routine. And I've just fallen back into it. - Are you still smoking a bit? - No. I'm not really smoking. Now I'm consuming tiny amounts of nicotine through lozenges. But a lot less, a lot less nicotine. And also not smoking, I think, is the most important thing. Not actually inhaling anything. Actually I'm getting rid of that habit. And being tested a few times, like going out and drinking. The more you don't smoke on a night out, the stronger your will becomes. I think I have thought about why I'm smoking a bit more since Iceland. And I actually think maybe I've been smoking a bit less. It's so obvious for me, as soon as I got back, it's just, you're exactly the same as your mates. Like, your drinking habits, your smoking habits. It's hard to be the exception, hard to be the outlier. In my head, I'm not gonna be a smoker my whole life. I know that. I'm young and nothing is going to affect me yet. And by the time I'm older, I always think I'm going to quit. That classic naivety of youth is just that you never think you're gonna get old, and these dangers seem so distant. I really like feeling good. Like I'm really getting sick of hangovers, and like waking up with like bad lungs and like getting out of breath when I go skating or something. It gets to a point where you just would rather feel healthy. Subtitles: Kirsten Mollerup Subline


This Is The Time To Give Up

This is a sample from our ‘Quit Cigarettes’ mission, which is currently live in the UK. Our goal is to increase the amount of people in the UK who quit cigarettes. Read more about our first mission here.

Tired, cold, and with a slight sense of trepidation, Theo and Alice are about to put their lungs to the test. At 21 they should be in perfect shape with nothing to worry about. The results say different… and if they don’t turn back now, there may not be any turning back at all.