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Vaping vs. Smoking: Which One Is Cheaper? Major Cost and Use Comparison

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We are all familiar with the benefits of vaping over smoking.

You are more in control, the scent is much better, you get more options to choose from… The list can go on.

But can we add a cheaper cost to that list?

Let’s find out.

How Much Does Regular Smoking Cost?

Answering the question “How much does a smoker spend each year?” isn’t a very simple task. Why? Because the numbers vary depending on each individual user. Some people don’t smoke that much and 1 pack of cigarettes can be enough for them for a whole week. Others can smoke 2 packs a day.

Additionally, the numbers will vary depending on the cigarette brand and the state (because prices for tobacco products are different across the country, and so are taxes).

However, to make an effective smoking vs. vaping comparison, I’m going to talk about the average numbers.

So, how much does smoking cost? Well, the average price of a pack of cigarettes is $7. The average amount of how much people usually smoke is one pack a day. Therefore, when smoking one pack a day, you spend $2,555 a year. Of course, depending on the state you live in, the numbers can be as high as $5,100. That’s also the approximate price you pay for smoking two packs a day – more than $5,000.

You can probably see now how expensive smoking is. But vaping can’t be just as expensive. Or can it? Let’s find out.

One of the coolest things about vaping is the variety of flavors we can pick from. There are about 300 different vape juice manufacturers that produce around 8,000 different flavors overall. The kinds vary and include both classic flavors (like fruits, coffee, desserts, etc.) and unusual combos with crazy names (like ‘Bermuda rain’ or ‘sticky buns’)

How Much Do Vaping Devices Cost?

Obviously, when it comes to vaping, there are many components. The numbers depend on how much you vape and what device type you use. Let’s look at their cost a bit closer.

There are 4 main, the most common types of vape devices. Here’s the list of them and their average prices:

  • Cig-a-likes – from $5 to $60;
  • Pod-style pens (also known as pod mods) – from $10 to $50;
  • Vape pens – from $15 to $60;
  • Box mods (or simply vape mods) – from $30 to $100 and more.

Now, these are the average prices of a starter kit. This means that with your device (whether it’s a simple pen or a more advanced vape mod), you also get some accessories, cartridges, replacement coils, etc. – everything you need to start vaping right away.

Interestingly enough, the yearly expenses will also depend on the type of your vaping device. For instance, if you decide to get a disposable cig-a-like, you will need to buy one every week or so. This will result in spending $1,400 a year on average. This is actually much cheaper than smoking.

Right now, the United States of America is the largest vape market in the world. There are more than 9 million users who spend over $3.7 billion dollars every year on vaping devices, e-liquids, and vape-related accessories.

However, if we consider more complex devices, the numbers will change. Let’s take the box mods. You only need to buy them once. A good-quality vape mod would cost you around $150. Additionally, you will have to buy new coils for it and, of course, the e-liquid.

Now, when it comes to coils, your expenses will depend on how much you vape. Usually, average vaping requires a new coil every two weeks. And the price of vape coils is $2-5. Which means you will need to spend around $29.5 a year on your coils. Seems ridiculously cheap, doesn’t it?

Well, there’s one more vaping aspect left to consider…

How Much Does Vape Juice Cost?

We are not considering disposable pods here and the nicotine salts since they are not that popular in the USA these days. The most popular e-juice kind is, of course, the regular freebase nicotine e-liquids (usually sold in either 30ml or 60ml bottles; however, many users prefer to buy their vape juice in 120ml bottles since this is a more cost-efficient way).

The average price of a 60ml bottle of vape juice is $17. Depending on how much you vape (and the composition of your e-juice, whether it’s PG or VG-based), you will need around 2-6 ml per day, which means getting a new 60ml bottle every 10-20 days.

A great way to save some money is to buy all-in-one kits. They are also a great option for beginners. Such kits usually include everything you might need to start vaping right away, plus some extra accessories. They are extremely easy to use and offer great value for money. You can get a really decent kit for around $50. It will serve you for at least a year, you’ll just need to buy the e-juice. That’s a pretty good deal.

So, how much would you spend on your vape juice every year? On average, around $400. Again, this is so much cheaper than regular cigarettes. But this is just one aspect of vaping. Let’s add it to other expenses and see what is cheaper: vaping or smoking?

Vaping vs. Smoking Overview: Which One Is Cheaper?

Actually, I don’t really feel like I need to say much. The numbers speak for themselves.

The average amount of money one user spends on regular cigarettes is $2,555 yearly. Now, with vaping, you would spend $549-600 a year. The difference is obvious, isn’t it?

We can assume that you might want to get a more expensive vaping device. We can also assume that you will use more e-juice (if you are a chain vaper or prefer vaping on high wattages, for example). In this case, the annual cost of vaping would be about $1,000-$1,200. Still cheaper than regular cigarettes (one pack a day).

So yes, the result is obvious: vaping is definitely much cheaper than regular smoking!

Oh, and here’s an interesting thing:

Your vaping expenses might also depend on your sex.

Interestingly enough, male vapers tend to spend more on vaping than female users. So, if you’re a lady, perhaps vaping will be even more budget-friendly for you!

What About Safety? Is Vaping More or Less Harmful Than Smoking?

Here’s the good news right away:

Vaping is considered to be 95% safer than smoking.

You see, when tobacco in a regular cigarette burns, it emits thousands of harmful chemicals and hundreds of carcinogens. As for vaping, because there’s no tobacco and no combustion, the number of dangerous components is much, much smaller.

However, vaping isn’t harmless either. Here are some potential side effects it might cause:

  • dizziness;
  • dehydration;
  • allergies (if you are allergic to one of the components in the vape juice);
  • nicotine addiction (if you are vaping on a nicotine-containing e-liquid).

The food flavorings in vape juices can also cause allergic reactions and some other symptoms.

Even though vaping is considered less harmful than smoking, it isn’t completely harmless either. For instance, battery-related accidents happen (rarely, but they still do). But note that issues with batteries are linked to the irresponsible usage, the failure to follow the instructions, or the complete disregard of the device’s manual.

Still, when comparing vaping with smoking, the side effects don’t look that terrible. I mean, we all know that smoking causes cancer, lung diseases, heart illnesses, and a ton of other health conditions. It also makes your teeth look brown and your skin look yellow and old. Compared to this, simple dehydration or dizziness from vaping don’t seem that terrifying.

At the end of the day, it’s up to you to decide.

It is clear that vaping is cheaper and safer than smoking, but the choice is only yours. You might give your preference to any of these activities simply because you want to, not because one of them is cheaper or more expensive than the other one. Whatever you choose, make sure you weigh the decision thoroughly. After all, you have all the needed information.

So, are you a vaper or a smoker? How much do you spend on vaping/smoking a year? Share in the comments!

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