With all the hype surrounding e-cigs many curious users want to know if the rumors are true and the cost of smoking is really more than vaping. Expensive equipment and recurring costs are the subject of much criticism toward vaping. However, the initial investment into a starter kit or quality components could last a user up to five years. The maintenance and upkeep on e-cigs are comparatively small when set next to the rising price of tobacco products.
Partly in an effort to curb smokers and as a way to raise state and local revenues, cigarettes have some of the highest taxes of any consumer product. From a cost per pack inching year after year over the ten-dollar mark, New York City recently passed a measure to raise the minimum price of a pack from 10.50 to 13 dollars each.
Mid-range e-cigarette starter kits can start as high as 50 dollars without e-liquid. However, kits will last users well past the cost of a couple packs of cigarettes. Starter kits will sustain users a few days for an inexpensive, entry-level unit, up to 3 weeks to over a month before requiring any maintenance. Replacement parts aren’t expensive and starter kits commonly come with them standard. Atomizer coils generally last at least three weeks, but average out to only a few dollars each.
E-juice is the only costly recurring investment averaging at roughly ten to twenty dollars a bottle. Though, for some vapers, this is the icing on their cake flavored vapor. Having to reinvest in e-liquid means that you have the option to change flavors or brands, to try something new and sacrifice very little. While sampling flavors will cost users some coin per the FDA’s Deeming Rule, the value of vaping something the user enjoys is priceless.
Cost Of Smoking
The average price for a pack of cigarettes in the United States is around 6 dollars a per pack. If a user smokes a pack a day that translates to roughly 42 dollars a week, or about 2100 dollars a year. Even if users vape higher end e-juices and replace coils regularly every three weeks, they’re still only spending just over 700 dollars a year.
In other words, that’s 1400 dollars more in their pocket than that vaper had than when they were a smoker. Assuming cigarettes are ten dollars a pack, vapers save over 3000 dollars. Now, factor in the initial investment, which, in all honesty can set the first-time user back anywhere from thirty to a hundred dollars or more. At maximum cost of 800 for the first year, a vaper could buy a new device every year and still save a significant amount of money.
Consider what between 1400 and 2100 dollars could accomplish in a year. Former smokers could take vacations without feeling the need to smoke on the airplane. They can invest in a whole new wardrobe that doesn’t smell like tobacco smoke. Or they can just hang onto it, watch the investment in their future grow simply by vaping. Overall, the cost of smoking seems to be significantly higher no matter where you live and what e-cigarette you choose.