Contrary to popular belief, smoking does have benefits. Well, at least cigarettes do. In fact, you may be surprised at the many survival uses for cigarettes.
I’m not encouraging anyone to take up smoking (although I have to admit the government regulations about smoking in public have become ridiculous.) In a survival situation you want to be in top shape, and smoking definitely won’t help you achieve that. Besides, you will eventually run out, and the last thing you want when SHTF is to have to deal with nicotine withdrawals.
But having a pack of cigarettes in your bug out bag or survival kit might not be such a bad idea. Why? Read on to find out.
The Many Uses of Cigarettes for Survival
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8 Survival Uses of Cigarettes
Cigarettes are one of the main causes of death. More than 480, 000 people are dying because of cigarettes. They contribute to a lot of serious health problems and chronic illnesses such as cancer, diabetes, diminished immune function, emphysema, heart disease, and reproductive issues.
But cigarettes can be used in survival situations and they can be helpful for your survival.
Here are the 8 survival uses of cigarettes.
One of the most helpful and reliable uses of cigarettes for survival, is to barter them. Most people will do bartering after a major disaster and cigarettes and alcohol will be highly sought during these times.
Insect Bites and Stings
Chew or wet the tobacco and then apply it to your bites or stings. The pain should go away and your wound will heal shortly after.
You can make your own pesticide using the tobacco from a cigarette. Just dilute the tobacco with water and place it into a spray bottle. Spray it then to your plants, if you’re going to use this to your edibles, make sure that you wash your plants thoroughly before consumption.
Relax your muscles
A few puffs of cigarette or an application of a tobacco poultice can help you relax your muscles. Although the effect is not quite the same as a prescription cream or pill, it can still be helpful for you. Puffing cigarette can ease the pain in your muscles during an emergency situation or if you’re doing outdoor activities.
Applying a small amount of cigarette ash in your wound can stop the flow of bleeding. This method will only work on small wounds, so make that you do not apply this method on deep wounds and serious injuries.
You can also apply raw tobacco on your small wounds. Tobacco has the ability to relieve pain.
Are you surprised that cigarettes can be useful in a survival situation? Don’t be.
Learning to look at everyday things in a different light is an essential survival skill. Recognizing that something can be useful to you in a SHTF situation is an essential skill for making the most of what you have and being able to survive any situation that comes your way.
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