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So I am watching this History Channel "After Armageddon ", and I must admit that was a good show and would recommend it to any one..

One of the things that I started thinking about as I listen to the show and go over my BOB ,is the shelf life of say bagged tobacco ? or prepackaged cigarettes ?

How long can these items stay fresh ?

I looked over the search bar,on this matter but cant seem to find the answer so I posted ..

Smoking is a habit ,I wish I never picked up but in a SHTF SIT . I think Tobacco would have an incredible barter value ,because of the amount of addicts (my self included) and its relaxing properties .

Take a look at any video of ww2 and you will see a large (disproportionate actually) number of soldiers who had smokes in their mouths,who gave them to others ,who gave them to others in say, the liberation of the Netherlands(GI 's even gave them to teenagers in Germany ,off topic but my father was 5 when a GI first gave him his first ever taste of chocolate,1945).

So I do believe that short term ,tobacco would have an inherent value .
Eventually lack of tobacco would result in me not smoking ,but for the immediate future ,how long can I expect a bag of "Bugler or Djarum " tobacco to stay fresh ?

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PzH
 

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Normal rules apply:

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you can store pipe tobacco and stuff in mason jars or vacuumed sealed bags. They will last a couple years and most good pipe tobacco will get better with years.

Cigars work great in a humidor and little maintenance required. You can build a coolador pretty cheaply and easily.
 

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Packaged tobacco can stay fresh for a long time, but it begins to dry out pretty quickly once the seal has been broken: a pound of cigarette tobacco will usually crumble before a single smoker has rolled all of it, so unless you are planning on sharing your stash with others, get smaller packages for storage.

Plastic bags can suffer from tears, and they DO permit air exchange, albeit slowly. Vaccume seal your bulk tobacco, and put the double-bags into a #10 can, and they will last much longer. Sealed tins of pipe tobacco seem to have a nearly infinite shelf life, and the un-flavored varieties make decent cigarettes, although they are more expensive.

If you can mange to grow your own tobacco, you will have an unlimited supply, and a good long-term barter item. Next year will make attempt #3 for me to gain the skill necessary to grow my own. Suffice it to say it isn't as easy as planting tomatoes and beans.
 

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i believe you have a sealed freshness for 2 yrs according to the Winfield pouch 50gm (jst checked) but i would say if properly stored maybe maybe 5 to 10 yrs better get the seeds and when SHTF can you come to oz give me some lol its a federal offense to grow tobacco (dam legal drug dealers) and i dnt want jail time
 

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I have some cigars wrapped in plastic that are pushing on 4 years kept in a decorative travel map box and they still smoke well when I have occassion to use them.
 

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I quit smoking 14 years ago, however, back in the early 80s, when I was a kid, my sergeant came in with a pack of Lucky Strike cigarettes from WWII. They were HARSH, and to light it ,you had to put it in your mouth and tilt your head back so the tobacco would not run out. It also burned up one side of the smoke faster than the other. All in all, not one of my best smokes. We just wanted to smoke one that "had been there." I would encourage you to quit, the health risks and all. If not, grow your own would be the best option. TP
 

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i believe you have a sealed freshness for 2 yrs according to the Winfield pouch 50gm (jst checked) but i would say if properly stored maybe maybe 5 to 10 yrs better get the seeds and when SHTF can you come to oz give me some lol its a federal offense to grow tobacco (dam legal drug dealers) and i dnt want jail time
It is not illegal to grow tobacco for personal use.
 
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