Can I save money over smoking?
***This is a legacy document and as such may contain out-of-date or incorrect information. The vaping world has moved on a huge amount in a very short space of time, and these articles were written to the best of our knowledge at the time, but we can no longer stand by their accuracy!***
- Yes - if cigarettes are expensive where you live.
- Yes - if you were a heavy smoker, as there are economies of scale with e-cigarette use that cannot be obtained with cigarette purchase, since a carton of cigarettes costs the same however much you buy.
- Yes - mainly if you find good deals at suppliers, or get into DIY once you have sufficient background.
- Yes - if you don't buy a lot of unnecessary equipment every month.
- No - if you keep buying gear.
- No - if cigarettes are very cheap where you are.
The main benefit is that you are not now inhaling the >5,300 chemicals produced by burning plants and paper, not the cost savings - but you can save money, if you make that a primary goal. As an example, surveys report that the average e-cigarette user spends $45 a month on vaping supplies. If they were 1PAD smokers (one pack a day) then the average cost might have been $150 a month. We think it is likely that the e-cig users in these surveys have under-reported their monthly spend by up to 50%, making it around $75 on average. This would mean vaping is costing them about half the cost of smoking. Individual costs vary according to numerous factors, and the cost of cigarettes varies. There are places where vaping costs more (like Korea) because cigarettes are cheap and e-cig supplies are heavily taxed. But in New York, where cigarettes may be $12 a pack, then vaping will be far cheaper.