There are many reasons to make the switch from traditional tobacco cigarettes to vaping, or even from smoking herb to vaping dry herbs or concentrates.
One of the most compelling arguments to make the switch are the obvious health benefits. Studies have found that vaping is up to 95% safer than combustible smoking. This is reason enough, but let’s take a closer look at another potential reason for making the switch: the positive impact exchanging your cigarettes for a vape pen or e-cigarette can have on your bank account.
So how much money can you actually save by switching to vaping? It’s hard to answer that question with a concrete number, as there are several different factors that come into play, but let’s dig a little deeper to see if making the switch is worth it.
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How much is smoking really costing you?
The price of smoking tobacco products varies greatly from state to state due to each state’s individual taxes, with the price per pack ranging from $5.50 to almost $14 in some states! Even at its lowest point, a pack a day habit could cost you around $2,000 a year. If you live in a state with higher cigarette taxes, that number could easily jump to over $5,000!
When it comes to dry herb, prices can be all over the board, but generally speaking, vaping herbs generally means a more potent experience, and as such, you don’t need as much herb or concentrate to get the same effect. Meaning you may be able to spend less on re-upping your stash.
That seems like a lot, but what about vaping?
Now that we’ve looked at the costs of smoking, what about vaping? When making the switch from smoking to vaping, the biggest investment will come in the beginning. E-cigarettes, vape pens, and box mods can vary greatly in price and can feel like a big investment if you’re not sure you’ll like vaping.
You can always start with an inexpensive disposable e-cigarette to try it out before investing in more expensive options. A disposable e-cigarette can cost as little as $6 and is equal (give or take) to around two packs of cigarettes. Once you’re ready to commit, we highly recommend getting a quality set-up because it will save you money on replacements in the long run, and provide an overall superior experience.
Next, you’ll need to buy some e-liquid or dry herbs that you can grind into a usable substrate for your device. This is where many new vapers end up spending a lot of cash.
On average, a 30ml bottle of e-liquid will cost you around $15 to $18, if you’re a pack a day smoker you’ll need about 2.5 bottles per month, which is already way cheaper than smoking! The tricky part when starting out is that it’s easy to be tempted to spend more in order to try a bunch of different flavors.
If you have some other friends who are also wanting to make the switch, sharing bottles can be a great way to try a variety of flavors in order to figure out your favorites. Once you find your flavor, the savings will grow even bigger.
Adding it all up – do the numbers make sense?
So, let’s look at the average price of vaping versus smoking. If we take the national average of $6.50 per pack and calculate for a pack a day habit, a smoker is looking at spending around $2,375 annually. The equivalent amount of e-liquid per year would cost around $480. Add in a generous starter package of around $150 for initial supplies and a little extra for trying various liquids and you’re looking at about $630 per year for the first year, that’s $1,745 in savings!
Doing a direct comparison on dry herbs or concentrates is a little bit harder, but in general with vaping and concentrates providing the same effects with less needed substrate, you’ll need to replenish your supply much less frequently. Do note that concentrates can cost more, so you’ll have to balance out the numbers on how much you need to get the same effects. But even it its close, vaping comes with a whole host of other benefits vs smoking your dry herbs, so do take that into consideration as well.
But wait, it doesn’t stop there!
In addition to saving money on tobacco products, there are other ways that making the switch to vaping from traditional smoking a real money saver. Let’s take a look at a few other ways vaping can save you money.
Double up by using your vape pen in other ways
If you live in a state where cannabis is legal, you can also use your vape pen or box mod with cannabis concentrates, oils, and extracts, saving you money on rolling papers, pipes, or other smoking paraphernalia. Plus, vaping is a much healthier than using pipes or smoking rolled joints.
Save big by investing in your health
Finally, the biggest investment and future savings you’re providing yourself with when switching from traditional tobacco cigarettes or smoking herbs to vaping is your health.
The thousands of carcinogenic chemical compounds in traditional cigarettes can be detrimental to your health. The same goes for even the purest of organic herbs.
Regular “smoking” of any kind can lead to a plethora of health issues down the road which could potentially cost you hundreds or even thousands in doctor’s visits and medical bills.
So, how much can you really save when switching from traditional cigarettes to vaping? The possibilities are endless.