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Issue:- 27 February 2014

EU sets new rules for e-cig users

NORTH West area MEP Chris Davies gave his backing to new EU rules that will ensure that electronic cigarettes can be sold as freely as their tobacco alternatives.  Overruling national governments, the European Parliament defeated proposals to classify e-cigs as medicines, potentially greatly restricting their availability.  Instead they insisted that e-cigs with a nicotine content of 20mg/l or less should be regarded simply as consumer products.  E-cig manufacturers will have to ensure that refillable nicotine fluid containers are childproof and that spillage can be prevented, but a wide range of flavours will continue to be available.  National government ministers insisted that e-cigs with a stronger nicotine content should only be available if classified as pharmaceuticals, arguing that nicotine is an addictive substance.  Chris Davies claims that the new rules bring e-cigs into the mainstream.  The Liberal Democrat MEP believes they could be a game changer in the fight against smoking related disease that kills 700,000 people across Europe each year.  He said:- "This is a compromise that won't please everyone, but it's a huge improvement on the alternative of an e-cig ban that was threatened in some countries. We don't yet know the long term consequences of using e-cigs, but it must be likely that they will be healthier than the tobacco that we know is so damaging."

MEPs also agreed new rules to beef up the warnings on cigarette packs, with bigger pictures and harsher words for smokers.  Health warnings will now take up 65% of the surface area of a cigarette packet after studies show that this has an impact on existing smokers and acts as a deterrent to young people thinking of starting.  Davies commented:- "Everyone knows that smoking is bad for you but the warnings hit home best when you have to take a cigarette out of a box that is warning you that they will kill you.  Even if it only stops a few more people smoking that will mean a healthier life for them and those around them."

Apprenticeship Networking Breakfast to be held in Preston

ARE you thinking of taking on an Apprentice? Are you not sure where to start or what's involved? Then this event, run by the Preston's College is an Enterprise College, might just be the perfect for you and your business. It takes place on Monday, 10 March 2014, from 7.30am to 9.30am at the College, located on St Vincents Road, Preston, PR2 8UR.

"Taking on an Apprentice has many benefits to businesses just like yours. It's an affordable way to channel the energy of somebody who wants to learn, and mould them into a genuine business asset. At our event you can find out all you need to know about Apprenticeships from our team of dedicated Business Development Managers and how we can support you with:-

► Our Recruitment and Selection Service - taking the hassle out of finding the right apprentice

► A Package of Training Tailor Made to Your Business

► Access to funding opportunities like the 16-24 Apprenticeships Grant - £1,500 for every apprentice you take on (subject to eligibility)

Plus, you'll have the chance to gain real insight from our guest speaker, a FREE breakfast and networking time."
said Ian Coupe.

To book your free place by clicking on here.

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