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MEP Martina Anderson visited WELB’s Limavady Youth Resource Centre to meet with members of Limavady Youth Council to discuss anti smoking and legal highs legislation and their proposed plan to visit the EU Parliament next year.

Facilitated by the Western Education Library Board’s (WELB) Youth Service, Limavady Youth Council members welcomed Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson to Limavady Youth Resource Centre to speak on the issue of smoking and its harmful effects on young people today.

As an MEP in Brussels, Martina Anderson helped guide the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) legislation through EU Parliament, and as part of her anti-smoking message to children and young people, Martina led a lively discussion with members on smoking and legal highs in their community. The group members expressed their opinions on the changes they feel should be made to current legislation in Northern Ireland on legal highs in order to protect young people from these harmful and toxic substances.

Martina relayed to members that action on this topic is needed urgently and reassured the group that she would raise this issue with EU colleagues in order to explore all options, legislative and otherwise, to deal with legal highs at European Commission level.

WELB Youth Worker Emma McCotter, said: “This was a great learning opportunity for members to voice their concerns to a key political figure on the effect and damage smoking and legal highs can cause young people.”

She added: “Members discussed possible funding avenues for Limavady Youth Council’s proposed visit to the European Parliament in Brussels. The trip is planned to take place within the next year and members are working actively to make it possible through applying for funding and by carrying out fundraising events.”