How much money will you save by switching to vaping?
Vaping is at least 95% less harmful than smoking but it is also cheaper. But how much cheaper is it? How much will you save in one year if you switch to vaping?
The cost of smoking
At one dollar per stick, a pack-a-day smoker (say 20 cigarettes) spends $7,300 per year. Tobacco taxes are increasing every year by 12.5%, so this cost will continue to rise rapidly.
The cost of vaping
The cost of vaping depends on the which e-cigarette model you use and how heavily you vape. Here are some average costs for purchasing device and buying nicotine e-juice legally in Australia.
- The e-cigarette. Most people start with a simple, refillable second generation device such as the Joyetech eGo AIO which costs $30. Another popular starting model is the Innokin Endura T18 which retails for about $35-40. It is best to have two devices with one as a backup. Cost: $60-$80
- E-cigarettes have a ‘coil’ or heating element which heats the nicotine solution into a vapour. Coils need changing every 2 weeks or so. Cost $2-3 x 26 = $78 per year.
- Nicotine e-juice. This can be purchased legally online from Nicopharm in Australia. It can also be purchased from overseas websites for a similar price, but the quality is not guaranteed and you will need a prescription from your doctor. The cost of e-juice from the Australian site is $20 per 30 ml bottle. The typical vaper uses about 4ml e-juice per day = 1,460 ml per year = 50 bottles per year.
Total cost of e-juice $1,000 per year.
Total cost of vaping: $1,150 per year
The cost saving is $6,150 per year on today's prices for a 20 pack-a-day smoker.
Vapers who mix their own e-juice save a lot more, but there are inherent risks in that and I don't generally recommend it.
So, vaping is at least 85% less expensive than smoking and 95% safer. You will be richer and healthier if you make the switch to vaping. To me, that’s a no brainer!
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