Is It Cheaper To Vape Or Smoke?

Blake Randle | Contributor

The vaping trend has swept the nation with increasing popularity. People choose to vape instead of smoke for many reasons. For some, financial concerns are the biggest consideration. Vapers will tell you that vaping is cheaper than smoking. But is that true?

Let’s take a look and find out which one is easier on your wallet.

What You Need To Vape

Many different styles of vaping have been developed in recent years. When deciding to vape you have the option of choosing an e-cigarette or a vaporizer. An e-cigarette usually has the same look and feel of a traditional cigarette. A vaporizer, on the other hand, is a bit larger and looks like a pen. Both styles have varying features that people prefer, but it will be up to you to decide which fits you best.

If you are just beginning, a starter kit is probably going to be the best option. It will definitely be more cost-effective than if you were to buy everything separately. A starter kit can cost anywhere between $15 to $100. Inside a starter kit, you will find a vaporizer or e-cigarette, a charger, and a user manual. Sometimes, your starter kit may include replacement parts and refills that may come in handy later.

Over time, there are parts that will need to be replaced on your vaporizer or e-cig. These parts are actually fairly easy to replace. As you vape over time, you will notice that after awhile your machine will produce less vapor. This is caused by the e-cigarette coil inside the machine wearing out. These coils are responsible for heating up and turning your e-juice into vapor. Factors such as how often you vape and the sweetness of your e-juice can cause your coils to wear out faster. If you choose to vape liquids that are really sweet, the sugars can caramelize on the coils. This will cause a burnt taste. (The burnt taste could also be caused by the wick burning out.) The coils and the wick are often separate from each other but can be bought together for cheaper in one piece called an atomizer. Coils and atomizers usually go for about $6 to $12.

Now, when it comes to e-liquid, there are many different kinds. For example, there are tobacco, dessert, fruit, candy, and even beverage flavored e-liquid. Typically sold in 10ml and 30ml sized bottles that are squeezed into your device, you may also purchase cartridges that fit inside your e-cigarette. Believe it or not, e-liquid comes in nicotine-free options. On average, this will cost about $6.

One cost savings that you get from vaping comes from not needing to buy a lighter or batteries. All you need isan e-cigarette charger.

The Expenses Of Smoking Traditional Cigarettes

The average price of cigarettes if about seven dollars. For someone who smokes a pack a day that’s around $200 a month, which totals $2,400 dollars a year (depending on how much you smoke). And that doesn’t even include the cost of lighters, which go for a buck or two and need to be replaced all the time.

So Which Is Cheaper?

The average person who vapes will use about two and a half milliliters of e-liquid a day. If they buy a 30ml bottle, that will last them 12 days, or about two weeks. So, buying a $6 bottle of e-liquid twice a month for a year will be $144. Then, your coils or atomizer will need to be replaced maybe once a month. Coils and atomizers only cost about $6 to $12, so that totals about $72 to $144 dollars a year. All together your yearly expenses for your device will be no more than about $288.

As we said before, cigarettes would cost the average smoker about $2,400 a year. Compared to $288 a year for vaping supplies, there no contest. When it comes to financial considerations, vaping is the clear choice.

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