fight for e-cigarette users
NORTH West Lib Dem MEP
Chris Davies has vowed to continue to campaign for e-cigarette users
after a key European Parliament committee voted to restrict e-cigs.
MEPs voted in committee to treat e-cigarettes as medicines, reducing
their availability compared to tobacco and putting big new costs on
E-cigarettes work by vaporising nicotine that is then inhaled,
providing nicotine addicts with their 'hit' without many of the
carcinogens and second hand smoke produced by conventional
Many smokers have instead become 'vapers' and claim it
has helped them become healthier.
The issue will now be the subject of a vote by the full European
Parliament in the autumn.
Speaking after the vote Davies said:- "In an ideal world
no-one would be addicted to nicotine but we don't live in an ideal
world and it is better to vape than to smoke. E-cigs are a potential
game changer in the fight against tobacco because smokers find them
enjoyable to use. They can help people break their addiction in a
way that conventional nicotine replacement therapies will never do.
They could save millions of lives."
Liberal Democrat MEPs were joined by the Conservatives and UKIP to
vote against the new restrictions but Labour MEPs voted to reduce
Davies commented:- "I have been contacted by hundreds of
constituents who have had their lives improved by e-cigarettes.
Labour MEPs may think they are protecting people from themselves but
restricting e-cigarettes will only hurt vapers and their families as
they turn back to tobacco. We now have only a few weeks to change
minds and try and win the vote in the full Parliament."
Speaking after the announcement, Fraser Cropper, Chief Executive
Officer of Totally Wicked said:- "Do policy makers really want
to protect an industry that kills 700,000 people at the expense of a
market-based, consumer-led public health revolution that has the
potential to save millions of lives? Let us not hide from the stark
facts, because that is exactly what they have done today. If today's
vote had truly been about public health then MEPs would have voted
to ban tobacco cigarettes. If policy makers are unwilling to ban
tobacco cigarettes then they have a moral obligation to ensure that
any regulatory regime they introduce to regulate e-cigarettes, a
recognised safer alternative to tobacco cigarettes, continues to
allow them to be sold freely and in a way that is attractive to
existing tobacco cigarette smokers.Today MEPs shirked their moral
responsibility. Mrs McAvan and all those MEPs that have failed their
constituentsby supporting fallaciously misrepresented facts,
knowingly purveyed to drive through this obvious 'ends driven'
regulation, must now take full accountability for their actions The
question must be asked: Why do policy makers want to intervene to
prevent or obstruct a smoker having access to products that could
potentially save his or her life? Every barrier placed in the way of
e-cigarettes has significant health consequences. Shame on them."
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WINS ECO INNOVATION AWARD
NORTHERN Rail has
reiterated its commitment to sustainability by scooping the
'Environment' title at this year's Rail Industry Innovation
Awards. The award is the result of the rail operator's commitment to
conserving water at its train wash plants and for making a real
difference in reducing its water consumption activities at its four
depots across the north of England. By investing in more efficient
brushes, environmentally friendlier chemicals and a more
concentrated water application, Northern now produces better
cleaning results and has reduced its water consumption by between
50% and 70%. Stuart Draper, Director of Engineering for Northern
Rail, comments:- "This award recognises our commitment to
sustainability and acknowledges the success of this project, which
was focussed on improving the cleanliness of our trains whilst also
improving our impact on the environment."
Tory move on crime
EU measures to fight crime
have won the support of Conservative ministers after months of
negotiations with Liberal Democrats. 35 EU laws regarded by Police
chiefs as vital are set to stay, including the European Arrest
Warrant. MEP Chris Davies has welcomed the decision that he claims
will make it harder for Britain to fall prey to cross-border
criminals. He said:- "The EU exists to help us fix problems we
share in common, and few are more important than fighting crime. I'm
glad that Conservative ministers have finally accepted that to
withdraw from these measures would leave us weaker and more
vulnerable. Criminal gangs do not stop at our borders. To deal with
drug-trafficking, people-smuggling and child abuse effectively we
need EU measures that promote cooperation and the sharing of
information." The European Treaty gives the UK has the
option of pulling out of EU crime fighting laws by next year. The
Association of Chief Police Officers has warned against the idea,
and has had strong support from Liberal Democrat ministers.
Following coalition negotiations, Home Secretary Theresa May has
announced that the government will accept the 35 measures regarded
as most vital. Calls from the UK Independence Party to scrap the
laws were condemned in strong terms by Chris Davies. He said:-
"UKIP should decide whether it is on the side of decent people or of
murderers, people traffickers, paedophiles and terrorists. Within
the past few days one of Britain's most wanted men, drug trafficker
Mark Lilley, was captured at his villa in Malaga in a joint
operation by Spanish and British Police. Those who call for Britain
to leave the EU should grow up and accept that there are common
problems we face that need shared European solutions."
URGE YOUNG PROFESSIONALS TO 'ACCELERATE' THEIR GROWTH
Report by Kai Graf von
Pahlen, LLM. Photos by Gregory Lawson.
LIVERPOOL'S young business
talent was urged to join the race to step up their enterprise
ambition at a special summit event held as part of Accelerate 2013,
the business festival dedicated to the UK's high growth firms
recently held in Liverpool.
Leading representatives from
business and politics, including David Wareing, Senior Partner at
Hill Dickinson, Cllr Nick Small and the Lord Mayor of Liverpool and
businessman, Gary Millar, spoke at the event, held on the 26 June
2013, at No 1 St Paul's Square.
Event organisers, JCI Liverpool,
part of Junior Chamber International, were keen to develop
initiatives around Accelerate 2013, a follow up to last year's
Global Entrepreneurship Congress.
JCI Liverpool created a diverse
programme of activity to inspire the business leaders of tomorrow.
President of JCI Liverpool, Kai Graf von Pahlen said:- "This
event has given young entrepreneurs the opportunity to take their
business goals to the next level. We had a dynamic range of speakers
who encouraged delegates to develop strategies for growth.
Delegates explored how to unlock their potential by addressing
training needs, managing stress, boosting their business performance
through social media and making the most of the opportunities the UK
has to offer, like the International Festival for Business 2014
(IFB2014) taking place here in Liverpool in June and July 2014."
Ian McCarthy, IFB2014 Festival
Director headlined the event, he said:- "It is vital that
business people of all ages are equipped with the tools they need to
accelerate their business growth and realise their ambition.
Accelerate 2013 acted as an effective launch pad for IFB2014 and I
have been urging Accelerate 2013 delegates to capitalise on the
incredible opportunity that the festival presents. It will open the
doors to global opportunities and I want young entrepreneurs to take
full advantage of this."
David Wareing believed the format
of the event particularly appealed to the audience. He said:-
"Members of JCI Liverpool were teamed with a selection of
Liverpool's business leaders to deliver presentations addressing the
event's themes. This proved to be an excellent way to engage and
empower young businesses. The feedback we have had has been
resoundingly positive and has really made the delegates think about
business growth in a new light."
The official sponsors for the
event were Hill Dickinson, Global Payments, Santino Restaurant and
Ichi Noodle Restaurant. Other business professionals who took an
active role in JCI Liverpool's event included:-
► John Haynes, Founder of the
International Coaching Academy.
► Michelle Fellowes, Founder of Ambitious
► Dr Harish Chandra, founder of CIS (Center
for Inner Sciences).
► Kartik Rajput, Business Specialist at
► Patrick Trollope, Founder of the Mersey
► Philip Perera, Founder of the Teabox
► Peter Sharpe, Bid Manager at Tender
For more information on the event and JCI Liverpool visit:-