Smokers help birds ward off mites

Dec 6, 2012 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: New Scientist

It's not just people that have a penchant for cigarettes. Birds living in urban environments often use cigarette butts to line their nests.

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FBOMBER

Winnipeg, Canada

#1 Dec 6, 2012
HOW LOVELY. Their chicks must stink.
Need A Light

London, Canada

#2 Dec 10, 2012
FBOMBER wrote:
HOW LOVELY. Their chicks must stink.
And you must itch !
Need A Light

London, Canada

#3 Dec 10, 2012
Need A Light wrote:
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And you must itch !
An old guy from Winerpeg told me they use 1 part Listerine to 1 part airplane glue to get rid of the itches. Don't worry a lot of research going on over non - smoker itch and addiction. J&J is working on it too a tobacco leaf patch !!!

Since: Dec 12

Palm Beach Gardens, FL

#4 Dec 10, 2012
birds use dust to fight mites,cigbuts contain water which weakens birds defences..Ive never seen abird carry a cigbut or build nests from them or even pick around on them or ever even get near them.I think your story is punk

Since: Dec 12

Palm Beach Gardens, FL

#5 Dec 10, 2012
monkeys smoke cigs not birds
Smokers Stench

Winnipeg, Canada

#6 Dec 10, 2012
orteilos flugante wrote:
birds use dust to fight mites,cigbuts contain water which weakens birds defences..Ive never seen abird carry a cigbut or build nests from them or even pick around on them or ever even get near them.I think your story is punk
Cig butts or second hand poison smoke, both keep decent folks and bugs away. Like a pig barn or a field of cow patties, who the fk wants to smell that stench.
Need A Light

London, Canada

#7 Dec 11, 2012

Since: Dec 12

Palm Beach Gardens, FL

#8 Dec 11, 2012
the story is weak and not fact filled,while some college post grads studied some birds only two types and not a very large number of those two groups they mislead you into thinking that the birds are setting on dirty cigbuts full of tar and cancer causeing chemicals.OH the birds ripped out the cotten yes birds do use cotten for thier nesting so the study show nothing other than the fact that yes birds do use cotten to nest(A KNOWN FACT!) nothing new at all.IF the study groups could show that birds choose to use cigbuts over other cotten and that the tar in the cotten is what they are after Than that would be a unknown new news fact.also they would have to study how much tar is left or in those cigbuts.Do thye go after clean or tar filled and at what levels is the tar left and nested on after the cigbuts are picked apart,how long do thye use the cigbut cottens full of how much tar?.I STILL SAY YOUR STORY IS PUNK BS sorry do more study

Since: Dec 12

Palm Beach Gardens, FL

#9 Dec 11, 2012
Plus this study has before.I still dn`t thinkthe birds are after the nicotine to defend from mites they are only useing cotten from those filters,they do use cotten and cotten seeds anyway dothye pickout the nicotines in the cotten or leave them and only use nicotines flled cotten? I dont think so PROVE IT with facts how many times do they go for the cigbuts over other cottens and at what levels are the nicotines and how much is left in those bird nests after the birds ripout the cotten and how much do the birds use those nests and when for eggs or setting or for the mite seasons? get some fact than write!.
Used Butts

Winnipeg, Canada

#10 Dec 11, 2012
Smokers use butts to act tough and show they have no respect for their city or the environment. Ever see these phonies flick their butt out the car window like a big ruffian? These clowns start forest fires, real intelligent. Guys like Need A Light Need a Brain.
CONFEDERATE1989

Oakland, KY

#14 Dec 12, 2012
Another Anti-Smoking Hoax Debunked. Those cigarette filters are 100% biodegradable.

The cigarette butt menace was created to support outdoor smoking bans because many non-smokers will accept that secondhand smoke is not harmful in an outdoor setting.

The anti-smoking zealots admit that the tobacco and paper in cigarette butts are biodegradable, but claim that the cellulose acetate cigarette filters are a plastic, like styrofoam and polystyrene, and will contaminate the earth forever. This is not true. Cellulose acetate is a wood product. It is completely degradable through biological, chemical, and photo chemical degradation mechanisms.

Sorry, I don't have a nice, easy to read MSM news article to give you. I have research papers from cellulose acetate manufacturers. Ann W., a commentor to a Dick Puddlecote article, put me onto this. http://dickpuddlecote.blogspot.com/2011 ... found.html

http://www.acetateweb.com/pdf/Environme ... ilters.pdf
"STUDY OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL DEGRADATION OF CIGARETTE FILTERS: A simulation of the Roadside or Parking Lot Environment." Stephen K. Haynes, et al,\., Research Laboratories, Eastman Chemical Company, Kingsport Tenn.

"In recent years there has been increasing public awareness of items which may be discarded as litter with particular attention being given to cigarette filters. Some studies have concluded that when cigarette filters are introduced into the environment, they either do not degrade or degrade very slowly. Previous work in our laboratories has demonstrated that cigarette filters biodegrade readily in environments where mixed microbial populations can thrive. The purpose of this study was to examine the changes occurring in cigarette filters over time in an environment similar to that of a parking lot or roadside area. In this environment, exposure to sunlight, moisture and wind occur, but there is limited exposure to microbial attack ... "

"CONCLUSIONS: Previous work has demonstrated that cigarette filters biodegrade readily in environments where mixed microbial populations can thrive. This work demonstrates that current commercial cigarette filters also degrade when exposed to an environment which is not optimal for microbial biodegradation."
Need A Light

Toronto, Canada

#15 Dec 12, 2012
Confederate 1989 you are hitting the nail on the head dealing with the anti. Known for years the typical anti smoker researcher upon finding anything that does not relate to the agenda the bosses put forth,gets tossed out. You would probably be fired going against agenda. Follow the money
CONFEDERATE1989

Oakland, KY

#16 Dec 13, 2012
Big pharma and rent seeking legislation

Buying off the ACS/ALA/AHA ETC to get the job done.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation was created by the founder of Johnson & Johnson with over ten million shares of Johnson and Johnson (JnJ stock)[i]. In 1972, it was established as a national foundation worth $1.2 billion [ii]. In 2009, the Foundation's investment portfolio increased $1 billion to $8,379,808,000[iii]. RWJF's mission today: to help society transform itself for the better. Noble sounding, until you delve into the fact that it's what RWJF considers "for the better", foregoing what we want for ourselves or for society. The horrifying truth is RWJF profits from what it wants for society.

The RWJF Anthology "Taking on Tobacco: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Assault on Smoking" publication [iv] outlines how they gave $99 million in grants to fund coalitions "housed in organizations" such as the American Cancer Society (ACS), American Lung Association (ALA) and American Heart Association (AHA). This publication outlines all the organizations who received over $446 million in grants just through January, 2008. In the beginning, grants were given to organizations to promote tobacco education. Once organizations were used to receiving funding, if they did not move on to tobacco "control", their funding was cut off. The Foundation makes it perfectly clear in their publications that as a Foundation, their grant money cannot be used for lobbying. However, to quote Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman, that's just geography. It's just moving money from point A to point B while accomplishing lobbying, with smoking cessation as RWJF's ultimate goal. Over $99,000 in grant money was invested in Evaluating an Innovative Communications Campaign Designed to Increase Consumer Demand for Tobacco Dependence Treatment by Medicaid Recipients [v]. Nearly $97,000 in grant money was invested for Individual and Policy Level Influences on the Use of Various Cessation Strategies and Abstinence from Cigarettes Among Adult Smokers [vi].

RWJF points out repeatedly that coalition building is the key. Here are but a few.

O The Center for Disease Control has received grant money from RWJF [vii].

o RWJF provides funding to TFK for polls used to influence lawmakers, such as an Ohio poll [viii] on raising cigarette taxes.

o RWJF is a major funder of the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium [ix] who helps works with communities with tobacco law-related issues such as smoke-free policies (smoking bans) and tobacco control funding laws.

o Steven Schroeder, former CEO of RWJF, returned to the University of California, San Francisco, with a $10 million RWJF grant for the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center[x].

o GSK, marketer of Nicorette, Nicoderm, Nicoderm CQ, is quoted in this article as applauding two organizations for their efforts to improve the regulation of smoking cessation aides. The two organizations, Association for the Treatment of Tobacco Use and Dependence (ATTUD) and the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SNRT) both urged the FDA to adopt more flexible regulatory approaches to expand access to and the use of NRT products. ATTUD's FDA petition drive [xi] was funded, in part, by RWJF. SNRT is funded [xii], in part, by RWJF, Johnson & Johnson, Glaxo Smith Kline, and McNeil.

o Professor Stanton Glantz, University of California, San Francisco, received grants over $1,071,000 to create Tobacco Scam to claim smoking bans don't hurt the Hospitality Industry. It's been proven that most bars are hurt by smoking bans, but Glantz combines restaurants with bars (restaurants outnumber bars 5:1 while restaurant employees outnumber bar employees 10:1).(RWJF Grants 52810 and 36173). Glantz' job? To say it's all a Big Tobacco lie and that's what his website claims [xiii].

http://www.forces.org/News_Portal/news_viewer...
Cancer sticks

Winnipeg, Canada

#18 Dec 13, 2012
Apparently cancer in bird mites is at an all time high.
Need A Light

Toronto, Canada

#19 Dec 14, 2012
Cancer sticks wrote:
Apparently cancer in bird mites is at an all time high.
I suppose Bird signs will be next telling birds to stay 10 feet back of all door ways.
Need A Light

Toronto, Canada

#21 Dec 14, 2012
Need A Brain wrote:
<quoted text> Only 10?
That should be okay if you give them a Listerene bath in Whiner peg where they need all the help they can get. Hows the glue working attempting to get your brain back together?
Need A Light

Toronto, Canada

#22 Dec 14, 2012
Cancer sticks wrote:
Apparently cancer in bird mites is at an all time high.
Not as high as you are on Listerene !
Need An Act

Winnipeg, Canada

#23 Dec 14, 2012
Need A Light wrote:
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Not as high as you are on Listerene !
You need a new act. The one you do stinks like a cig butt.
Need A Light

Toronto, Canada

#24 Dec 15, 2012
Need An Act wrote:
<quoted text> You need a new act. The one you do stinks like a cig butt.
Look Pissy no matter how many times you change your name you have to get out of that ditch with your bottle of Listerene. When will you realise you are not in a name changing contest, see what your addiction has done to you.
Need A Lung

Winnipeg, Canada

#30 Jan 11, 2013
Need A Light wrote:
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Look Pissy no matter how many times you change your name you have to get out of that ditch with your bottle of Listerene. When will you realise you are not in a name changing contest, see what your addiction has done to you.
Translation: cough cough, hack omg!

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