There is no denying that the Vaping Industry is on the rise; especially when Big Tobacco companies are buying up electronic cigarette companies left and right. In fact, Marlboro and similar companies have so far dished out millions of dollars in the acquisition of these electronic alternatives.
There are a couple of reasons why this occurs, however, one of the main motivators for the growth of the vaping industry is that many studies indicate it’s a safer version to traditional cigarettes.
Don’t be mistaken, vaping is still a harmful habit to develop, but if you’re already a smoker, this study suggests it might be beneficial for you to make a move from smoking to vaping.
So, if you’re thinking about joining the vaping community in the near future and drop the traditional cigarettes, you should probably read this guide. There are multiple things to keep in mind about the costs of vaping as well as some ongoing costs that some retailers may not straight up tell you about.
What is Vaping?
Vaping is the term used for people who utilize an electronic vaporizer to consume ‘e-juice’. E-Juice essentially is vegetable Glycerin and propylene glycol mixed with nicotine and different flavorings. It should be noted that there are also nicotine-free versions of e-juice.
Vaporizers come in all shapes and sizes. Some of them are very cheap, coming out to no more than $5 USD for a Vaporizer Pen while other models can reach a price of a few hundred dollars per device. Depending on how serious you are about vaping, you’ll have to decide whether it’s worth to invest into a sturdier device or a more disposable one.
We’ll be covering these elements as well down below. But first, let’s talk about Vaping Kit Basics.
Vaping Kit Basics
The cheapest vaping kits on the markets will cost you no more than $20-$30 USD and should give you a life expectancy of at least 6 months to a year, depending on how well you take care of the kit. You might have to replace little pieces here and there, however, if you make the habit of cleaning it regularly you should be able to stretch its use for a few months before needing a replacement.
Some standard parts you should get with a basic vaping kit are:
- Device (Battery)
- Vaporizer (Tank)
- Atomizer (Coil)
- E-liquid (Juice)
- Charger (built-in or external)
The atomizer is probably the most important aspect of a vaporizer, as this is the key element that heats up the consumable within the chamber and turns it into vapor. The battery is typically a lithium battery and is charged through a USB port.
More Robust Vaping Kits
While the basic kits are good for beginner Vape-heads, there are more robust devices on the market. While these might cost you around $150, their life expectancy is also extended greatly. The batteries also have a longer duration per session. While the smaller kits can get you around 300-400 puffs per one charge, bigger and more expensive kits can last you for at least a day or two with more than 1000 puffs per charge. It should be noted that these numbers are only estimates, each person has their own habits and the intensity at which he or she vapes.
But, if you’re serious about Vaping, it’s definitely more cost effective in the long run to purchase one of these more robust devices as it will give you more bang for your buck.
Costs you typically don’t consider
While it is true that in the long-run vaping can be a cheaper “vice” (if we can call it that) than smoking tobacco, there are additional costs that people don’t usually consider.
For starters, buying e-Juice. These days, there are so many different brands, flavors and mixes on the market it can be quite overwhelming. These e-Juices aren’t cheap either. One vile (100ml) of premium e-Juice can cost you from $15-$30 USD and can last you up to 3-4 weeks with moderate vaping.
Nonetheless, if your Device / Mod / Battery stops working properly, you’ll have to dish out from $50 USD to $100 (for the more robust devices) to replace it.
The vaporizer tank and the battery will not require to be replaced monthly. Usually, your battery can give you up to a year of problem free vaping. Atomizers, on the other hand, need to be replaced every month or two (max), as the particles within the e-juice clog up the atomizer not allowing it to vaporize anymore. Atomizers are usually cost about $1-$6 per each.
This means your additional monthly expenses to maintain your vaping habit will come out between $20, or if you want premium liquids, around $40 USD per month. This is of course if you vape daily. Comparatively to smoking cigarettes (depending on where you live) can be anywhere between $35 USD - $50 USD per week if you are a pack-a-day smoker. Roughly, that’s a difference of about $160 per month saved by switching to vape.
On average, it’s definitely cheaper to vape than it is to smoke, however, don’t be fooled by retailers into thinking that this is a cost-free solution. Depending on the frequency of your vaping habits, you’ll be spending anywhere between $30-$60 a month on e-juice and atomizers if you don’t encounter any unexpected issues.
We hope that this mini-guide gave you some perspective on the world of vaping and if you are deciding to start vaping soon, hopefully, it will help you make a more informed decision. Also, if you’re not an existing smoker we strongly advise you against starting this habit. Although vaping is a “healthier” option, it’s still a form of addiction and should be treated as such.
About the author:
Douglas Pate is an electronic cigarette and vaping expert working in the industry since 2010. Co-founder and President of White Label Juice Company, an industry-leading manufacturer of quality e-liquids and vapor products, Douglas and his company are passionate about vaping as a means of harm reduction and helping people switch and stay off analog tobacco products.