One of the most expensive regular purchases that many people make are cigarettes. Averaging at around £8.50 per pack, those smoking a pack per day can expect to pay almost £60 per week to feed their habit. That’s £240 per month, or £2880 per year, which is an incredible amount of money to spend on something you’re literally setting fire to.
According to the latest ASH smoking statistics fact sheet, published in July 2015, the average male smoker in the UK smokes 13 cigarettes per day, with female smokers faring a little better at 11 per day. Nevertheless, even at these rates, smokers will be spending the better part of £1500 per year on cigarettes.
Prices will only continue to increase, potentially reaching £15 per pack by 2020 if the UK Government choose to adopt recent proposals by the Independent Cancer Taskforce.
The high cost of smoking is part of the reason that so many people are switching instead to e-cigarettes. These electronic devices replicate the sensation of smoking, while delivering nicotine in a liquid suspension, which is vaporised and inhaled. E-cigarettes are also free from the thousands of chemicals found in tobacco, including tar and carbon monoxide, meaning that they are also a much safer product to use.
Due to their design, e-cigarettes are a much more cost-effective way of scratching that itch for nicotine and the UK is home to several companies which offer such devices.
JAC Vapour is one such company, based in Edinburgh. They stock a variety of products, including a range of JAC Vapour e cigarette starter kits for beginners, as well as replacement batteries, tanks and e-liquids.
Prices for their starter kit start from £18.99 through to £50+, so the cost of entry really depends on your requirements. These starter kits typically come with everything you need to get going, though it may also be necessary to pick up some e-liquid depending on the kit you select.
Running costs after this really amount to replenishing e-liquid, and any consumables such as atomiser units for the tanks, or cartomisers (cartridges filled with e-liquid). Hardware, such as batteries, tends to last for several months before it may need to be replaced, with battery lifespan averaging out at about 4-6 months.
With this information we can work out the cost savings you might expect to see.
- Cost of starter kit (2x batteries, 1x tank, 1x charger, 1x replacement atomiser) – £49.99
- Cost of replacement atomisers (avg. 1 per week) – £2.25
- Cost of e-liquid (avg. 20ml per week) – £7.91
- Cost of replacement atomisers (avg. 24 per 6 months) – £54.00
- Cost of e-liquid (avg. 480ml per 6 months) – £189.84
Using the example above, we can see that over the course of 6 months, an average user may expect to spend approx. £283.83 per 6 months (ignoring any extra or spare hardware purchased during that time). Even if at that point you choose to replace your entire starter kit outright, which is unlikely to be necessary, the total for the year would still come in at under £600.
Examples like the above are never going to be a one-size-fits-all estimate, but they give a rough idea of what you can expect. Heavier smokers may end up spending a bit more, as they do already on cigarettes, while lighter smokers will most likely spend less.
If you are a smoker, switching to e-cigarettes is one step you can take to save you money.
To read more about e-cigarette costs in other countries like Germany, you can visit this link: https://www.ezigarettevergleich.de/e-shisha-testsieger/