Many people make the switch to electronic cigarettes from tobacco because they want to minimise the damage to their health from smoking but what we want to look at in this article is the potential cost savings from making the switch. Is it actually possible to save money by switching to e-cigs and if so, how much could you save?
The Cost of Electronic Cigarettes vs Tobacco
When you first start vaping, you will need to invest in an e-cig starter kit at the very least. Such kits normally contain a rechargeable battery; USB charger; an atomizer, cartomizer or clearomizer; and a bottle of e-liquid in the flavour and strength of your choice. The cost of a starter kit is likely to be around $50 or so, which is obviously a lot more than a packet of cigarettes but one you have the basics, you can look forward to making considerable savings. It is difficult to predict exactly how much you could save, because it depends to a certain extent on your smoking habits. However, you can get a very good idea just by looking at the number of cigarettes you currently smoke. For simplicity’s sake, let’s assume that our example is an Australian who smokes Marlboro, which he buys at $20 a packet.
1. 10 a day – If you currently smoke 10 Marlboro a day in Australia, switching to e-cigs could save you as much as $270 a month, or a whopping $3,240 a year.
2. 20 a day – 20 cigarettes a day is a quite common figure for regular smokers around the world. Those who smoke a pack of Marlboro a day in Australia can look forward to saving $540 a month or $6,480 a year. You could do quite a lot with an extra $6,480 in your bank account every year!
3. 40 a day – As you will no doubt already have been able to work out for yourself, a 40-a-day smoker can expect to save a not inconsiderable $1,080 every single month, adding up to $12,960 over the course of a year. That’s a huge amount of money to save: more than enough to motivate most heavy smokers to give e-cigarettes a try.
Cost of Accessories
If you are thinking that the above cost savings sound very tempting but surely you will need to replace some of your e-cig accessories occasionally, you would be right. However, the cost of replacement components is very cheap when compared to the cost of smoking tobacco products.
• Clearomizer – You can buy 5 new clearomizers for just $30, which is equivalent to a day and a half’s worth of cigarettes for a 20-a-day smoker.
• USB Charger Cable – A new cable, which you can plug into a desktop or laptop computer to recharge your batteries costs just $12, little more than half a pack of cigarettes.
Other accessories you may need are also relatively inexpensive so if you would like to cut down on your smoking expenses, electronic cigarettes are well worth trying.