Is Vaping Cheaper Than Smoking?
Yes, vaping is cheaper than smoking. The average 20 a day smoker will spend up to £10.60 a day! That means each year they are forking out around £3,869. When you make the switch to vaping the average annual cost (based on higher strength e-liquid, starter kits, 10 bottles of e-liquid per month, plus accessories) is just £633.60.
When smokers make the decision to quit cigarettes and switch to e-cigs there tend to be several reasons. Health, general well-being and for a lot of smoker’s money is a big concern. This is an often-overlooked benefit of switching from smoking to vaping.
How much does vaping cost?
The UK is one of the most expensive countries in Europe for smokers. The cost of cigarettes increases constantly. You may have heard that vaping is cheaper, but don’t know just how much you can save switching from smoking to vaping.
The initial outlay when making the switch to vaping may seem more expensive. But this is just because you have to buy your first e-cig kit, e-liquid, coils and vaping accessories that you may need. You are actually saving money after the third or fourth day of vaping.
There is some light upkeep needed when you start vaping, you will need to buy e-liquid and change your coils regularly. As well as eventually replacing your vape battery. But the cost of this pales in comparison to the price of cigarettes.
How much does an e-cig cost?
Your e-cig starter kit can be anywhere between £19.99 and £34.99.
The byte pod as an example is £19.99. This is a simple to use pod vape kit that comes with prefilled pods and is an extremely simple way to switch from smoking to vaping.
The arc Slim is £34.99, can be refilled with e-liquid and you can adjust the settings so you can adjust the amount of vapour it produces. It also has a bigger battery so will last longer between charges.
Each e-cig starter kit comes with everything you need to start vaping including prefilled pods or e-liquid. Each is different depending on what you want out of your vaping experience. You can use our e-cig chooser on the website to pick your perfect e-cig starter kit.
How long does e-liquid last?
The short answer is it depends how much you vape.
E-liquid comes in a huge variety of flavours and nicotine strengths. A vaper who is using a higher nicotine strength will tend to vape less than someone who vapes a lower nicotine strength.
But this isn’t set in stone. All we can do here is come up with an average number of how much e-liquid vapers use each month. Most people will use on average 10 bottles of e-liquid each month. If you are vaping 10 bottles of Totally Wicked e-liquid each month this will cost you around £43 pounds. You then get an extra bottle of e-liquid for spending over £30. So you are actually getting 11 bottles of e-liquid for the price of around four days of smoking.
What other costs are involved in vaping?
There are some other incremental costs when you are vaping. Let’s go through them here.
You will need to change the coil for your e-cig often. This can be anywhere between every two days to every month or so. It depends how much you vape, what power you vape at and what e-liquid you use.
Coils can vary in cost; they average between £3.99 and £6.99 for a pack of two. But the price vastly differs depending what vape tank you use. Coils should cost around £4.99 a month for the average vaper.
All rechargeable batteries have what is known as a charging cycle. This means that it can only be recharged and depleted a certain number of times before it needs replacing. Every 3 – 18 months your e-cig battery will need replacing. These can vary in cost depending what e-cig you have, but this isn’t an outgoing that happens often.
There may also be some accessories you want to buy alongside your e-cig starter kit. You may want to buy a dedicated wall adapter to charge your e-cig. But these are few and far between.
The cost of vaping
For the average vaper, the cost of vaping should be somewhere around £633 annually. This is based on higher strength e-liquid, e-cig starter kit, 10 bottles of e-liquid per month, plus accessories.
How much does it cost to smoke?
As previously mentioned, the UK is one of the most expensive places in Europe to smoke. The cost of cigarettes has dramatically risen in the last decade and continues to rise.
The average annual cost of smoking is somewhere in the region of £4000.
This cost is only going to continue to increase and with the loss of small packets of cigarettes and tobacco there is no longer a more affordable way to smoke.
How much does a pack of cigarettes cost?
An average pack of mid-range cigarettes (at the time of writing) is around £10.60.This cost can vary depending on brand so some of the cheapest brands are around the £10 mark. While a premium brand will charge up to around £13 for a pack of 20.
How much will you spend in a year on cigarettes?
This depends on how much you smoke each day.
The cost of cigarettes varies a lot and the price goes up each year. The average smoker will go through a pack of 20 each day. If we take a mid-range brand of cigarettes, for a pack of 20 it will cost a smoker £10.20.
This means that each year it will cost £3,869 annually to smoke.
Verdict: Vaping is cheaper than smoking.
Vaping is dramatically cheaper then smoking.
By making the switch from smoking cigarettes to vaping you will save an average of £3200 a year.
If you are a smoker who wants to make the switch to vaping. Why not take a look at our guide for new vapers where you will find out everything you need to know about making the switch. If you want to buy your first e-cig starter kit. You can use our simple e-cig choose on the website to find your ideal first e-cig.