Smoking against Mosquitoes

Whenever I walk through a mosquito- or fly-infested forest or swamp, I light up a cigar. A strong one preferably. It keeps these rowdy little animals at bay.

Now I am happy to have discovered that this is no excuse that I made up, but that historical research supports my theory. From Charles C. Mann’s book 1493: How Europe’s Discovery of the Americas Revolutionized Trade, Ecology and Life on Earth:

Tobacco was embraced by Ming soldiers, who disseminated it as they marched around the empire. In the southwestern province of Yunnan, one physician reported, Chinese soldiers “entered miasma-ridden (malarial) lands, and none of them were spared disease except for a single unit, whose members were in perfect health. When asked the reason, the answer was that they all smoked.”

Don’t forget the cigars on your next hike!

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About Andreas Moser

Travelling the world and writing about it. I have degrees in law and philosophy, but I'd much rather be a journalist, a spy or a hobo.
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