A Long Crendon man is looking for local agents to sell healthier alternatives to tobacco products called ‘electronic cigarettes’, which he believes are set to take off in Britain.
Martin Whelan is an independent distributor for inLife, an American company now looking to expand in Europe.
He said the firm’s e-cigarettes, which deliver nicotine without the harmful toxins found in tobacco smoke, present a golden business opportunity for people.
He claims part-time agents can earn up to £500- £1000 per month, while full-timers can make as much as £10, 000 in the same period.
“I am looking for people to work with me, I help train them up to promote it to wider people and establish their own business,” he said.
Electronic cigarettes are not tobacco products, although they are designed to look and feel like conventional cigarettes.
As they do not produce any smoke, they can be consumed in pubs and other places affected by the smoking ban. Health charity ASH says they ‘are likely to be a safer alternative to smoking’.
It is also claimed that inLife’s e-cigarettes can save a 20-a-day smoker around £700 a year.
Mr Whelan, who is a non-smoker, said: “There’s ten million smokers in the UK so there is a lot of business opportunity here.
“With all the smoking bans and everything like that, but there is no problem with electronic cigarettes. Places like bingo halls are a massive market for the business. They will bring trade back into pubs.
“We are right at the beginning of something. It is not going to have the scale of the mobile phone, but it’s that kind of thing. And we have got a few celebrities using them now which is useful, it really, really helps.”
Amanda Sandford, research manager at ASH, said: “We are hesitant to recommend e-cigarettes, we are not going that far, but on the face of it they do seem a less hazourdous option than smoking. ”
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