Smoking is one of the most expensive habits you can pick up because of the added taxes and fees imposed by the local and federal governments. In fact, cigarette smoking is getting more and more expensive every year.
Recently, there have been claims that you can actually save thousands of dollars per year by switching from traditional cigarettes to electronic cigarettes. This is also part of the reason why more and more people in the United States are turning to vaping and trying to quit tobacco.
The Price of E-cigarettes
First-time vapers usually start with disposable e-cigarettes. The price of a disposable vape pen ranges from $6.00 to $12.00, and it’s typically equivalent to 2 to 3 packs of cigarettes. Disposable cigarettes come charged and ready to use. The batteries in disposable e-cigs, however, are non-rechargeable. Since they’re only designed to last a single charge cycle, you can just throw them away once you’re finished using them.
With a wide range of flavors to choose from, disposable e-cigarettes provide a simple and convenient way for e-cig users to enjoy vaping. Many vapers find this type of e-cig ideal to use while traveling. More importantly, there are no extra costs involved when you purchase disposables because there is no maintenance required or replacement parts needed.
Starter kits include everything a user needs to get started with vaping. For as little as $30, you can already purchase a basic e-cig starter kit. The more expensive vaping kits, on the other hand, could cost over $100 depending on the number of batteries and accessories included in them.
A basic starter kit usually comes with a vaporizer or electronic cigarette, atomizers, and a charger. Unlike disposable e-cigarettes, the e-cig included in the kit lasts longer and can be charged using a USB charger, wall charger, or car charger.
Once you have a starter kit, you might also want to buy a few bottles of nicotine liquid or “e-liquid.” A 10ml bottle of juice only costs around $7.00. A 30ml bottle, on the other hand, costs around $20.00, and it’s equivalent to 15 packs of cigarettes.
The Cost of Vaping vs. Smoking
Research shows that the average vaper spends about $600 per year on electronic cigarettes. Meanwhile, a regular smoker spends about $2,300 each year on cigarette packs and lighters. That means you save about $1,700 when you choose vaping over cigarette smoking. In some states where conventional cigarettes are more expensive, you may even save $3,000 or more yearly.
Another thing you might want to consider is health care costs related to long-term cigarette smoking. It has long been proven that tobacco cigarettes contain thousands of harmful chemicals that make you vulnerable to respiratory infections and heart diseases. Electronic cigarettes do not have the same toxic chemicals found in traditional cigarettes.
Based on recent studies, tobacco smokers pay about 20% more on insurance premiums compared to nonsmokers. Some insurance companies even charge as much as 50%. If you’re thinking of making the switch from tobacco to e-cigs, saving thousands of dollars on insurance is a good reason to start.