How to Save a Life
When you think of cigarettes today, the last thing you probably think of is saving a life. In fact, you might not think of many beneficial side effects, save for helping calm someone down or ease the cravings of an addict.
A hundred years ago, we didn’t really understand just how harmful tobacco was for our bodies and environment. Not only were they in fashion, but they were perfectly acceptable to the point of being omnipresent. In spite of what that might have done for people’s health back in the day, one large brand of cigarettes came with a handy life hack printed on a card in every pack. It might sound ironic to begin with, but even more surprisingly, these hacks are still pretty useful today!
Though a few of them seemed to be geared towards boy scouts, others are useful all around the house. See for yourself what tips Gallaher Group cigarettes had for its users!
“Fill a wide mouthed bottle with hot water nearly to the brim, and press affected part of hand tightly against mouth of bottle. The suction will pull down the flesh, and steam will soon draw out the splinter.”
Lighting a Match in the Wind
“The familiar difficulty of lighting a match in a wind can be to a great extent overcome if thin shavings are first cut on the match towards its striking end, as shown in the picture. On lighting the match the curled strips catch fire at once; the flame is stronger and has a better chance.”
How to Stop a Mad Dog
“A scout’s staff, a walking-stick, or even a handkerchief or hat may be held before you as shown. The dog invariably endeavors to paw down your defense before biting, thus giving you the opportunity of disabling him by a kick.”
Atticus Finch would do it differently, but whatever works.