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Do E-Cigs Save Money Over Cigarettes?

By , March 21st, 2014 | 7 Comments »

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Electronic cigarettes, commonly referred to as e-cigs, have become more common over the past decade. You might have seen someone smoking one in public or even in an enclosed space, such as a restaurant or bar. These devices are battery powered and utilizes a heating element that vaporizes a liquid solution, some of which contain a mixture of nicotine and different flavorings. Many are designed to simulate smoking, and are said to have fewer toxic effects than traditional cigarettes. Traditional cigarettes come with a financial price, and some people have switched to e-cigs for various reasons, including the overall costs.

First, it’s important to make clear that switching from cigarettes to e-cigs isn’t the best move you can make for your wallet or health. The best thing to do is to quit smoking completely not using either device. For those where quitting completely isn’t an option, here are a few ways that e-cigs can save you money compared to traditional cigarettes:

No Taxes

Unlike traditional cigarettes, e-cigs are currently free from taxes. Traditional cigarettes are subject to both state and federal taxes, and depending on where you live, taxes can run anywhere from $0.50 to $4.00 per pack. As of right now, you don’t have to worry about paying taxes on the electronic version. Not having to pay taxes lowers their price so that they have a pricing advantage. This advantage could change as they become popular, but for the moment, it keeps the overall price down.

Depending on the brand of cigarettes you smoke, one pack can cost anywhere from $5 to $10, before taxes. The average cost of an e-cig cartridge is around $3 and while it may not seem like a big difference, it can help you save hundreds of dollars a year. For instance, if you smoke 5 cigarettes a day and pay $7.00 for one pack of traditional cigarettes, you yearly cigarette expensive would be $638 whereas your yearly cartridge expense would be $228. That’s a yearly savings of $360.


It’s also much cheaper to refill your cartridges than it would be to buy a new pack of cigarettes. To do so, you’ll need a vaporizer (go to this site to check advanced vaporizers), and then you can buy the flavorings in liquid form. You know how some people roll their own cigarettes? Well, with e-cigs you can just refill old cartridges or buy blanks specifically to be reused with refills of liquid nicotine.


Just as it’s cheaper to buy cartridges compared to a pack of cigarettes, it’s also less expensive to buy cartridges and liquid nicotine than it is to buy cigarettes in bulk. Many online retailers offer coupons and discounts for their products, in the hopes that you’ll buy in bulk.

Money Back Guarantees

While there is a pricey starter kit for e-cigs (which runs about $40 to $60 depending on the retailer), almost all of the companies offer a 30 day money back guarantee if you don’t like their product. This is a great option if you want to try using this technology, but are worried about spending the initial fee for the starter kit.


Many online retailers offer significant discounts not only on first-time purchases, but on repeat purchases. These discounts can range from 10% to 25% and are much better than any coupons you may find for traditional cigarettes (though, keep in mind that many places do not allow you to use coupons or discounts for cigarette purchases).

Health Costs

There is a claim that e-cigs are healthier than cigarettes. Cigarettes are known to cause a lot of health problems and switching may help you avoid some of the associated health costs down the road. The truth is that there haven’t been enough studies to determine if this claim is true or not at this point. From a layman’s viewpoint, it seems that getting rid off the tar and chemicals that come in cigarettes would be healthier. While nicotine is still an addiction and not entirely healthy, the nicotine would seem to be a healthier option than the ingredients put into traditional cigarettes. If this ends up being true, it could save thousands of dollar a year in health costs.

Covering Up Smell

If you were ever the type of smoker who made sure to have perfume, cologne, or body spray to cover up the smell or mints or gum to freshen your breath, you won’t have to worry about spending money on those items if you make the switch. This may not seem like a big deal, but those costs add up over time.

Higher Resale Values

One of the things that traditional smoking does is devalue all the things that you own. Your car is worth less, your house is worth less and anything where the smoke smell permeates is worth less if the time ever comes to sell. Since e-cigs don’t come with the smell of cigarettes, all of the the things you own will have a higher resale value. This can be worth thousands of dollars, and even tens of thousands when it comes to your house.

Other Associated Costs

Cigarettes unfortunately cause a lot of side effects such as yellowed teeth, brittle hair, less energy, and tobacco side effects. Most people don’t enjoy having these issues or have become so used to them that they’re no longer bothered by them. However, switching to e-cigs will help reduce these issues. For instance, your taste buds will come back in full force, you’ll have more energy, and your skin and hair will return to their normal, healthy state.

While switching would not eliminate all the costs of smoking, it would limit a number of the costs. Again, not doing either would be by far the best financial move, but given the choice between the two, it appears that e-cigs have the financial advantage.

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  • Norm Bour says:

    No question the saving between e-cigs, and especially mechanical “mods” can be substantial and one vial of “juice” which cost $8-10 can last for a week, vs. ONE pack of cigarettes. Generally reformed smokers that make the switch will save several hundred percent over what they typically spend.

    I am an Industry Adviser in this Vape Space and aside from the money savings, the long-term health saving will be significant.

    • Chris says:

      Also, mechanical mods are not the only way to save money. There are regulated devices such as the innokin SVD or MVP, as well as the VAMO. Those are just a few examples out of what seems like hundreds. These devices are great for beginners because they allow voltage adjustment and, if you get some of the better models, you can attach nearly any atomizer to the top, making your vaping experience incredibly versatile. You’ll also save more money that way. All you need to do is purchase the atomizer heads and replace those every few weeks. One atomizer head can be as cheap as $1.50. Then it’s just a matter of buying liquid. I vape a lot and usually only go through about a bottle every 3-4 weeks. A standard 30ml bottle of liquid will cost around $20 ($30 for the really awesome flavors).

      I have saved thousands of dollars AND I feel better! I cannot recommend e-cigs enough, especially if you purchase one from somewhere other than a gas station.

  • Yes I agree E-cigs save money more than cigarettes. If you buy E-cigs, it will be used for a long time and all you have to do is to refill it. Unlike cigarettes, once the pack has been empty, you have to buy and buy again just what i had noticed with my father before because he was a smoker.

  • Dan says:

    This will be my second attempt at quitting *real* cigarettes. I went with a certain blue kit my first go around, but it was worthless as you had to draw a lot to get any actual effect.

    This time around I went with a variable-voltage battery and refillable clearomizer (tank) with dual coils. I have to say that it works much better and helps with the ‘WANT CIG NOW’ moments. I am 3 weeks into quitting reals and finished my first 30ml liquid bottle the other day.

    Using loose math I’m now at a net savings versus reals. I’m fine with $3/week average for juice and occasional consumables like the atomizer for the assumed health benefits and net savings versus my pack-a-day habit of 20 years. I’m trying to taper off to 0.0, but I will still call this a win even if I keep vaping.

  • Rhonda says:

    Anyone who know the cost of 1 pack of cigarettes should know the answer is an obviously yes! I started the e-cig 36 days ago and quit cigarettes completely within the forst week! On mt second week .i had a stressful day and had 5 left and smoked one. It literally made me physically ill, breaking out into a full sweat I was literally drenched and soaking wet and I threw up. So after overcoming that I got the other 4 cigarettes threw them in the toilet and haven’t looked back and that was 26 days ago!! I know with 100 % certainty that as long as I have e-cig coils and liquid I will NEVER go back! P.s. I plan on being nicotine free in 1 year or less but will welcome it if it happens before that. I have already gone down 2ml in nicotine in 36 days so if that continues I’ll be free in no time. But I will still vape I think. I smoked for 35 years anf 2 packs a day for the last 6 years, add that up and 25,000.000 yes twenty five thousand dollars literally went up in smoke!!!
    As far as 1 am concerned people can say what they want because I know that if it doesn’t add any years to my life it damn sure will add money to my pocket!
    ~Rhonda~ one happy tabacco free woman!!

  • David says:

    The benefits of e-cigs is interesting. I think e-cigs are helpful in reducing the usage of nicotine. If this is true, we can reduce health problems from those that smoke.

  • highest electronic says:

    The next jump in vaping is rechargeable e-cigarettes, which you can use for months (at least) before needing to replace the hardware. Rechargeables can also be refilled with any e-juice you like (and there is countless variety to choose from). And while you’ll have to spend a little bit of money up front, you’ll save hundreds of dollars in the long run by switching from tobacco cigarettes to rechargeable e-cigs.


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