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Old 12th October 2017, 05:25 PM
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I would just like to say, without a hint of bias, that ciggie butts are a natural and attractive product!
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Old 12th October 2017, 11:30 PM
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I doubt the crows general health will be improved by picking up butts...yuck, I mean, yaaaaark.

Not sure about that idea.
Well in fact, in fact, the answer may be yes!

I don't know how they figured it out, it's likely that the aromatics produced by discarded cigarette butts have a similarity to natural ones they already used, but some birds use butts woven into their nests as a form of insecticide to kill parasites that attack them and their young;

https://blogs.scientificamerican.com...ird-parasites/

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But a new study suggests that some birds may benefit from nesting with cigarette butts. The nicotine lingering in filters may serve as an insecticide, driving parasites away from the nests and the baby birds living within.
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Old 13th October 2017, 07:12 AM
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Default Re: Faaaaarking Cigarette Butts!

Well, I stand corrected!

Another concern though, what happens when so few people smoke that a shortage of butts develops. I vision crows swooping on people as they light up, flying away with lit ciggies and you just know they’ll be smart enough to chomp the burning bit off and let it fall. It’ll be raining lit cigarettes I tell you....
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Well, I stand corrected!

Another concern though, what happens when so few people smoke that a shortage of butts develops. I vision crows swooping on people as they light up, flying away with lit ciggies and you just know they’ll be smart enough to chomp the burning bit off and let it fall. It’ll be raining lit cigarettes I tell you....
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