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Emily Unglesbee DTN Staff Reporter
Thu May 7, 2015 02:29 PM CDT

ST. LOUIS (DTN) -- Don't be surprised if the public starts associating neonicotinoids with the tobacco industry.

A new study in the journal Nature showing that the chemicals can have an addictive quality for bees has been lighting up headlines from media outlets around the country, with varying levels of accuracy.

From the Huffington Post's flashy -- but shaky -- conclusion ("Common Insecticide Affects Bees Like Cigarettes Affect Humans, Studies Find") to the Guardian's more straightforward take ("Bees May Become Addicted To Nicotine-Like Pesticides, Study Finds"), the comparison could be seeping permanently into the minds of readers.

At the same ...

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