8 Critical Survival Uses of Cigarettes

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.

Stop bleeding

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.



Well obviously, you can use cigarette as tinder in building up a fire. You can use the paper shell, the shredded tobacco, or the fluffed up filter to make a fire.

Cigarettes can also help preserve embers. This makes it easier for you to transport fire from different places, without even worrying about a coal smoldering out along the way.


Tobacco can help relieve toothaches and minor wounds, because of their naturally occurring antiseptic and anesthetic properties.

Water filter

The filter portion of a cigarette can be used to filter water in an emergency situation. Remove the filter from the tobacco and place the filter in a straw, reed, or a piece of bamboo. Although using cigarette filter as a water filter won’t remove parasites and microscopic organisms in the water, it can still remove bigger muck and yuck in the water.

Make sure that the tobacco is not intact when applying this method. The tobacco can cause serious illness and stomach upset, when it is leached into the water.

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  1. Tedd on December 1, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    I didn’t know that cigarettes can be really useful in times of emergencies. These are great. Thanks for posting.

  2. Bode Bliss on February 26, 2016 at 7:13 am

    you can use the plastic on a pack of cigarettes to stop a sucking chest wound. Tape the plastic over the hole in the lung. put the victim laying down on the side with the wound so blood doesn’t fill the other lung. get help

  3. Brian on March 25, 2016 at 2:27 am

    Smoking a cigarette can slow the on set and toxic shock of blood poisoning especially in regards to a damaged or bruised liver buying you precious minutes or hours while seeking emergency attention.

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