The ever increasing price of cigarettes and tobacco is one of the reasons many of us start to think about switching to vaping. The health benefits of doing so are well proven and documented, but how much money could you actually save by switching to vaping?
There will be naysayers that will claim they haven't saved anything or even say they have spent more, but I would suggest that is through a choice they've made. If you were a very light smoker of hand rolling tobacco and you've switched to buying an expensive hand-made vaping device every month, then maybe you will spend more. But that’s not the reality for most people.
Let’s take my own personal circumstances as an example. I used to smoke 25g of hand-rolling tobacco every 2 days, back then it was around £10 a packet. So £5 a day, £35 a week, approximately £150 a month. That's about £1,800 a year, not including lighters, rolling papers etc.
Of all the countless reasons to ditch smoking, one notable reason is that traditional cigarettes are getting more expensive by the day. And that’s especially if you are in the UK which happens to be one of the most expensive countries in Europe for smokers.
If you are not ready to make the switch for the health of your body, perhaps the health of your wallet might convince you to.
Chances are you have heard claims of vaping being cheaper than smoking, but perhaps you are a bit sceptical about the whole narrative. After all, vaping involves a lot of paraphernalia and e-juice refills every couple of days.
In this post, we look at the costs of smoking vs. vaping in the UK, laying bare the actual figures involved.
If you are afraid that vapes cost an arm and a leg, no worry. Unlike the smoking cost, the cost of vaping can fit into most budgets and vapes have many bits and pieces to take into consideration. The common price range can be broken down as follows:
- Pod: £20-£35
- Mod: £30-£60
- Coil: £6-£12
- Tank: £20-£35
- Kit: £20-£35, £40-£70
- E-juice: (10ml) £1-£5; (50ml) £8-£12; (100ml) £13-£16
Overall, the range above is based on the rough price in the market and make sure that you can use decent vapes, regardless of brands, types, qualities, performances, etc. Actually, it’s hard to calculate the specific amount of vaping cost for it also depends on the needs of the beginners and long-term vapers.
It seems that the vapes cost more than the smoking cost, but don’t forget your goal is to quit smoking and the vaping products can be used for a longer time than traditional tobaccos. Therefore, vaping cost is consideredly cheaper than smoking cost in the long run.
- The e-cig itself
- E-juice (PG or VG)
Let’s look at the cost of each:
- The E-Cigarette
The price of an e-cig kit can vary wildly depending on the name, quality of the vape, and what is included in the starter kit.
As well, you also have the choice to opt for a ready-to-use vape pen or purchase components to build your own box mod (the former allows for little or no customisation but is relatively cheaper to buy and maintain).
A good e-cig kit, like this Aqua Vape Sub-Ohm Vaping Kit, fetches at £24.99.
Once you have this kind of starter kit, you are pretty much sorted and will only need to replenish your liquids and change your coils.
Vaping requires you to buy a tank for your e-liquid.
A starter kit like the aforementioned comes with a tank, but should you need to replace it, a new tank will cost you around £20.
Let’s say you’ll need two more a year.
£20 x 2 = £40
Next comes the e-juice, where most of the recurrent expenses will be.
E-liquids come in a million-and-one flavours, differing in quality and type.
VG liquid costs more than PG liquid and produces a higher volume of clouds while burning more liquid than its PG counterpart.
Let’s say you opt for e-liquids from Aqua Vape which are 50VG/50PG and cost £3.99 per bottle.
Of course, you can always opt for liquids from China which go for less than 99p per bottle.
However, unlike UK-sourced bottles which not only use locally sourced ingredients but are healthier due to more stringent laws, regulations in China are known for being very relaxed. This means they could be made using harmful chemicals and still be sold legally in the UK.
But why sacrifice the liquid quality and, by extension, your vaping experience by using low quality e-juice, right?
Let’s say, on average, you will be downing a 10ml bottle each week.
This should bring your annual e-juice consumption to:
£3.99 x 52 weeks = £208 (£207.48)
Not to mention you are going to come across the great occasional deal to buy the liquids in multipacks for a fraction of the cost. For example, this deal of e-cig liquids includes 10 bottles for £10.
That translates to £57.98! (£50 for 5 multipacks + 2 additional bottles @£3.99)
A regular change of e-cigarette coils is essential. This is because the taste of the vape deteriorates as the coil gradually burns out.
How often you change the coil depends on how often you vape and the kind of e-juice you are using.
Let’s assume you will replace your coil every two weeks, bringing it to 26 coils a year.
A pack of three 0.5ohm Aqua Lite coils will set you back £9.99 or £4.99 if you find a deal like this.
That’s roughly 9 packs a year:
£4.99 x 9 packs = £45 (£44.91)
An electronic cigarette has to be powered.
Batteries don’t require replacing frequently, so let’s throw in a decent battery for around £10.
Quit Smoking to Improve Health
Did you know that your health begins to improve from the moment you quit smoking?
From that time on, your body undergoes a series of positive changes that will continue for years to come – and the ongoing benefits for your health are truly incredible.
When you read statistics about smoking, the reality behind the facts can sometimes be hard to relate to. But as research on smoking has been conducted over a long period of time across a large number of smokers, it provides an accurate picture of the likelihood of a situation.
For this reason, the facts about smoking – and the benefits of quitting – give a very real insight into how quitting can make a big difference to your future.
The following facts about quitting smoking at different ages show that, no matter what age you quit, your body has a remarkable ability to heal when you give it the chance!
If the price of cigarettes wasn’t enough, think about all the health costs involved if you smoke. Because here’s the truth: smoking hurts almost every organ in your body — at this point you probably know about the damage to your lungs, but it also affects your heart, eyes, ears, stomach, and more.
One estimate predicts that male smokers spend approximately $19,500 more in health costs in their lifetimes (compared to nonsmokers), while women pay about $23,000 more. Also, premiums for health coverage may be higher for smokers.
And one study found that smoking after a cancer diagnosis is associated with additional costs, too — almost $11,000.
Vaping & life insurance
Despite the popularity of vaping, the policies of many life insurers and pension providers still do not distinguish between smoking and vaping.
Life insurance comparison site Compare Cover has warned that to be deemed a non-smoker by life insurers, policyholders need to have quit all nicotine products, including e-cigarettes, for at least 12 months.
Claiming to be a non-smoker whilst using an e-cigarette could invalidate your life insurance.