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Is Vaping Cheaper Than Smoking?

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Is Vaping Cheaper Than Smoking?

Smoking is an expensive habit that costs the average smoker upwards of £4,000 a year.* Vaping, on the other hand, is considerably cheaper with the potential to save ex-smokers up to £780 a year.

More so, research funded by Cancer Research UK found vaping to be more cost-effective than nicotine replacement therapies (NRTs) which result in savings of just £680 per year.

But the costs of smoking aren’t solely financial – smoking presents a serious cost to both your wallet and your health as the biggest preventable cause of death in the UK.

And yet, there is a cheaper alternative in terms of both health and finances: vaping. Significantly cheaper and considerably less harmful than cigarettes, vaping is reported to increase ex-smokers' disposable income by around an eighth.

How Much Does Smoking Cost Me?

The UK is one of the most expensive countries in Europe for smokers with the cost of cigarettes constantly increasing. Since 2007, the price of a 20-pack of cigarettes has increased by an astonishing 150%, rising from just £5.33 to as much as £12.72. With prices only set to increase, smoking is growing increasingly unaffordable.

Are Vapes Cheaper than Cigarettes?

Vaping is a cheaper, less harmful alternative to smoking and making the switch comes with benefits to your wallet.

How much cheaper is vaping than smoking?

While studies show that vapers can expect to save up to £15.06 per week when making the switch, the actual cost of vaping depends on factors such as:

  • Your smoking/vaping habits (how often you vape)
  • The type of device and preferred inhaling method
  • The quality and cost of your chosen e-liquids

For those that use their e-cigarette in the same way they use a cigarette, a 10ml bottle of e-liquid will last between 5 and 7 days to replace almost 140 cigarettes. This would cost smokers £84 in comparison to the £7.50 spent on two bottles of OK Vape 50:50 e-liquid.

Though the initial setup and the ongoing maintenance of your e-cig may seem expensive, the total cost of upkeeping your vape kit is minimal compared to the price of cigarettes. With Cigalikes available from as little as £3.00 and low-cost refills costing from just £5.30, the cost of vaping is significantly cheaper than smoking. Some even believe that switching to vaping can start to save you money as soon as the third of the fourth day.

No matter your smoking habits, it’s clear that e-cigs are a budget-friendly alternative to tobacco products.

The Real Costs of Smoking

The impact of smoking extends far beyond disposable income. Reports show that the impact of smoking on health and productivity costs the UK economy £17bn every year, £2.5bn of which is shouldered by the NHS. From emergency care to long-term support, smoking-related concerns take up a significant portion of the NHS budget.

Plus, with almost 50% of all smokers said to die prematurely as a direct result of their smoking habits, the cost of smoking amounts to around 100 million years of lost life.

Getting Started with Vaping: the options

OK Cigalike Refill & Battery

Cigalike Vapes

Cigalike vape kits closely resemble a cigarette, making them an excellent choice for those who are new to vaping. Their popularity stems from their ease of use, convenience and affordability. OK Vape’s range of Cigalike Starter Kits starts from just £3, making them one of the cheapest ways to quit smoking and start vaping.

OK Pod

Pod Vapes

Like Cigalikes, Pod kits utilize a simple refill system that guarantees a convenient, mess-free vaping experience. Eliminating the need to top up a vape tank, pod vapes are simple, compact and ready to go once replacing the pod. Prices for the OK Pod Starter Kit start from just £12.

Innokin Endura T18ii Vape Pen

Vape Pens

Vape Pens are sleek, discreet and portable with a little more power than a Cigalike kit. Unlike a Cigalike, Vape Pens are available in various shapes, sizes and colours. OK Vape’s range of Vape Kits includes best-selling devices from Innokin and Aspire with e-cig prices starting from just £18.

The Verdict: is vaping a cheaper alternative to smoking?

Plain and simple, the answer is a resounding yes! Vaping is cheaper than smoking, and by a considerable amount. Making the switch from smoking to vaping has significant health and financial benefits, with the cost of smoking much greater than the price of a packet of cigarettes.

With something for everyone, we’ve made it easy to find the best vape kit to suit your habits and preferences. For more information on making the switch, check out our starter kit guide on the best vape kit for beginners.

*Based on the average pack of 20 cigarettes costing £12 and the average person smoking up to 20 cigarettes per day.


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