According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the average cost of a pack of cigarettes in the United States in 1970 was $0.38 with an average tax of $0.18. That’s an average of $0.56 that smokers were paying for a pack of cigarettes in 1970. The CDC has reported that in 2013 those numbers have risen to an average of $5.76 per pack, with an average tax of $2.25. That’s an average of $8.01 that Americans were paying for one pack of cigarettes in 2013, compared to $0.56 in 1970. That’s more than 14 times the price in 2013 than it was in 1970. I guess that doesn’t seem too bad considering the prices are 43 years apart but even in the ‘90s cigarettes were only around $2.00 a pack on average in the United States. Cigarette prices have been going up drastically over the past 15-20 years; in fact in 2009 the federal tax was nearly tripled from $0.39 per pack to $1.01 per pack. If you are a smoker and you smoke the “higher quality” cigarettes, chances are you’re easily paying over $10.00 per pack for cigarettes in 2015. Using the most up to date CDC numbers the average that a pack a day smoking American will spend per year on cigarettes is $2,923.65 and $58,473 over 20 years.
In 2015 cigarette prices range in the United States from state to state with the average cost per pack being different for each state. Prices range from a $4.41 per pack average in Missouri all the way to a $10.29 per pack average in New York, with the other 48 states (and Washington D.C.) falling somewhere in between. If a smoker smokes a pack a day, even if they live in Missouri and only pay $4.41 per pack on average, will spend on average $1,609.65 per year on cigarettes, and $30,193 over 20 years. In New York however, you’re looking at $3,755.85 on average that a pack a day smoker will spend on cigarettes over one year, and $75,117 over 20 years. Overall the average retail cost of a pack of cigarettes (by state) as of August 1st, 2015 in the United States is $6.24 including all state and federal taxes. At that price, a pack a day smoker will spend on average $2,277.60 per year on cigarettes, and $45,552 over 20 years. These are some very big numbers, not only are cigarette damaging a smoker’s health, they are damaging their wallets as well.
The obvious solution to this never ending money pit would be to just up and quit smoking cigarettes for good but anyone that smokes or has ever smoked knows that it isn’t quite as simple as it sounds. Switching to e-cigarettes (vaping) is much cheaper than smoking cigarettes, and they are not subject to any sort of taxes like traditional cigarettes are. Also the chances are that as the technology develops and becomes more “mainstream” the price will continue to decline. E-cigarette starter kits range in price, with higher quality kits costing upwards of $300 dollars, and some of the cheap kits going for $9.99 or less. I wouldn’t recommend getting one of the cheaper kits (they are responsible for some of the bad press that the vaping community has received) unless they are doing some sort of promotion with a higher quality starter kit. Vaping is much cheaper than smoking cigarettes, chances are you’ve spent thousands of dollars on cigarettes in your life, spend some money on your starter kit and give making the switch a chance. An e-cigarette starter kit generally consists of a battery, charger, and atomizer; sometimes it will come with some e-liquid as well. When electronic cigarette parts come in contact with liquid they can malfunction unexpectedly, for this reason you may need to replace your atomizer every month or so.
Due to the fact that everyone puffs different it is impossible to determine how many cigarettes are equivalent to 1ml of e-liquid, however collective data from the vaping community shows that a pack of cigarettes is equivalent to approximately 2ml of e-liquid, meaning that a 50ml bottle of e-liquid is equivalent to 25 packs of cigarettes. . E-liquid ranges in price from an average of $6.99 for a 10ml bottle up to an average of $29.99 for a 50ml bottle. Some companies sell some of the more popular flavors for as much as $39.99 for a 50ml bottle. A person who smokes a pack a day smokes approximately 365 packs of cigarettes in one year, using the above data would mean that 365 packs of cigarettes equal out to approximately 730ml of e-liquid, which is approximately 14.6 50ml bottles of e-liquid per year. If we round that up to 15 bottles of the 50ml e-liquid at an average of $30 a bottle is $450 plus $300 for the top of the line starter kit (which you don’t need to get, a starter kit for around $80-$120 is fine) equals out to $750. You can purchase a solid atomizer for $40 from most online companies, if you replace them each month that’s an extra 11 that you will need annually, costing you approximately $440, making your yearly average cost of vaping $1,190 and $23,800 over 20 years, if you decide to start out with a top of the line starter kit. If you start out with a regular, good quality starter kit for around $100, you’re total annual average cost drops to $990 and $19,800 for a 20 year period compared to an average state cost of $2,277.60 per year on cigarettes, and $45,552 over 20 years in the United States. That’s an average of $1,287.60 that smokers will save annually by switching to vaping from smoking, and $25,752 over 20 years. To go along with all of the health risks that cigarettes carry, saving over $100 a month from switching from smoking to vaping is a nice incentive as well. Using the most recent CDC numbers from 2013 (the average cost of a pack of cigarettes in the USA overall) smokers that switch to vaping will save on average $1,933.65 annually and $38,673 over 20 years. More packs are sold in the larger states such as New York which brings the overall average cost of a pack in the USA up over $8.00 in comparison to the average state selling a pack for just over $6.00.
The public health information is starting to pile up; people are beginning to learn the real truth about the myth of the nicotine addiction, and as the math shows vaping is clearly the cheaper option. Vaping is beginning to take over, and some of the top tobacco and nicotine researchers in the world are predicting that in the near future more people will be vaping than smoking! This is one of the best things that could have happened for people, especially smokers. Having an enjoyable alternative to a cigarette that is cost efficient, less addictive (if addictive at all), and considered to be more than 95% safer than cigarettes by the top professionals around the world if a huge step forward. If you are unsure about the risks of e-cigarettes there is a lot of information available on the internet. Vaping is much safer and much better for your health than smoking, not to mention the more than $1,200 on average per year that you will save by switching. If you’re a smoker do yourself a favor, do your health and the health of the people around you a favor, and do your wallet a favor, give vaping a chance.