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Electronic Cigarettes Money Saving Tips

17th Aug 2022

Man Holding Multiple £20 Notes

Remember the days when cigarettes were cheap and glamorous? No? You’re not alone! The ‘Golden Age’ of smoking (at least as far as tobacco giants were concerned) made tobacco seem sophisticated. In the 1950s, an estimated 80 percent of the UK population was hooked on this ‘refined’ habit. It was even considered healthy. A famous Camel ad proclaimed, ‘More doctors smoke Camel than any other cigarette.’ Quite an endorsement.

Today almost everybody is aware of the dangers of smoking. Rather than glamourous, it is seen as dirty. A secret to be hidden as you hurriedly puff out in the cold. Rates of smoking in the UK have dropped to less than 18 percent.

For those hooked, though, smoking is a demon they battle daily. Or, more likely, several times daily. It is extremely hard to give up smoking despite knowing all the health risks. And in addition to the bodily harm, traditional cigarettes inflict serious injury to the wallet. How can switching to electronic cigarettes save smokers money? And at the same time, earn them some very powerful benefits that extend beyond their budgets?

Going Up in Smoke

In 2013 the average price of a cigarette pack soared to nearly £8.00. Of this, an astonishing 77 percent was tax. As of 2021 when the government announced the newest hike in price, a cigarette pack on average stands at approximately £13.60 today, with the price only expected to climb further. According to some predictions, a pack could well top £15 in the next few years.

Lit Cigarette Balanced on a Ledge With Smoke Cloud

Let’s put that into perspective. Say that you smoke one pack of cigarettes per day. At a rate of £13.60, that is £95 per week, £380 per month and roughly £4693 a year.

During the time of rising living costs, increasing debt and stagnating wages, this is money that most people can ill afford. And remember, the actual cost of cigarettes does not encompass the entire cost of smoking. What about your health? Insurance premiums? The suits and outfits you leave ruined and reeking of smoke? The teeth you must whiten, repair or replace as tar and chemicals take their toll?

A Cost-Saving Alternative

You likely never heard of Hon Lik, but the Beijing pharmacist plays an important role in your cost savings! In 2003, the then 52-year-old pharmacist – and heavy smoker – developed the first electronic cigarette.

Three years later, the devices were introduced into Europe, and they have continued to evolve to provide more convenient, customisable and, importantly, affordable options for users.

So, how do products like electronic cigarettes - whether that’s a vape pen, pod kit or mod, save money?

Electronic Cigarette Starter Kit Costs

It may seem counterintuitive at first: how could purchasing an electronic cigarette, battery, charger and e-liquid cartridges possibly be less expensive than putting down £13.60 for a pack of smokes? The quick answer? It isn’t. But stay with us; the news gets better. Rather than buying each of these separately, you can invest in a ‘starter kit.’ This is ideal for those new to vaping, as it includes everything you need.

For the best value, look for a starter kit that comes with a sample pack of cartridges so you can explore different flavours. Now, say that your kit with five cartridges costs £35. Each regularly-sized cartridge for an e-cig has enough e-liquid for about 200 puffs. While each smoker is different, this typically equates to about 20 to 40 cigarettes or a pack or two per cartridge.

At the conservative estimate of 20 per cartridge, you essentially have five packs of cigarettes for the absurdly low cost of £35. But that’s just the start. You still have the vaporising unit; when you need to replace the cartridges, another pack of five for just over £10, in different flavours and nicotine strengths.

So that is another 5 packs, or 100 cigarettes, for less than the average cost of a single pack of regular smokes. As your dependency on traditional cigarettes lessens, the savings only continue to grow.

Vaping Kit Including Cartridges, Charger and Battery Powered Device

A Common ‘Side Effect’ of Electronic Cigarettes

Many e-cigarette users report that they find themselves smoking much less frequently when they switch to electronic versions. For those trying to quit, this is a tremendous advantage. While you dial back your nicotine consumption, you also decrease your cravings to smoke. This saves even more money as the need to purchase replacement cartridges diminishes.

Another common occurrence when people opt for electronic cigarettes: they purchase multiple cartridges or orders of e-liquid at once. This saves money, and it curbs ‘impulse buying’ at speciality shops caused by running out of vaping supplies, which can be much more expensive.

Long-Term Benefits

Traditional cigarettes contain over 7000 chemicals. 7000 truly terrifying chemicals; at least 69 of them are known to cause cancer. Formaldehyde. Cyanide. Arsenic. These are not ‘ingredients’ – they are poisons that, under other circumstances, you would not allow in your home or keep strictly under lock and key.

According to, about half of regular smokers will be killed by cigarettes in one way or another:

  • 100,000 UK smokers die from smoking-related illnesses each year.
  • One-third of respiratory deaths are attributable to smoking.
  • Cigarettes cause one-quarter of cancer deaths.
  • About one-seventh of heart disease deaths are caused by cigarette smoking.

Traditional smokers are at risk for a host of ailments. Over time, many of these require hospitalisation and extensive therapies; including expensive medications and loss of work. Smoking also exacerbates other health conditions, such as asthma, arthritis, circulatory issues, sexual dysfunctions and much more.

The impact is far-reaching: one study found that smokers have an increased chance of being forced to retire early because of chronic disease. This dramatically cuts into earnings and can reduce the quality of life, particularly in the later years when health issues become more prominent.

The costs start to add up, though, well before one is diagnosed with a smoking-related illness. Private health insurance and life insurance premiums are much higher for smokers. And because of the risk of decreased productivity, increased sick leave and the high likelihood of early retirement, many employers are wary of hiring those who smoke tobacco. In addition to saving money on cigarettes and health concerns, opting to kick the tobacco habit helps you increase your earning potential.

A Matter of Appearances

Cigarette smoke is noxious; it clings to clothing, hair, car upholstery, furniture and other surfaces. It stains. It yellows teeth and nails. In short, it is less than attractive. Purchasing new clothes, paying for dry cleaning, removing odours from cars and homes and stocking up on strong toothpaste and teeth whiteners gets pricey. Yet it is a cost that very few smokers likely factor into their decision to smoke.

Man Filling Up Vape Tank With E-Liquid Bottle

Vaping, on the other hand, produces no odour; and because there is no tar in e-liquid, there is no staining of fingers and clothing. Saving money – and looking and smelling better? Sounds like a win-win.

Other Money-Saving Avenues to Explore

We have explored some of the ways that you can save money by using electronic cigarettes. What else can you do to maximise the value of your vaping products?

  • Opt for rechargeable electronic cigarettes. Disposable e-cigs are widely available and relatively inexpensive. The trouble is that when you buy them frequently, your costs add up – and unnecessarily so. Try rechargeable models. They are typically of much higher quality than their disposable counterparts. For a slightly larger initial investment, enjoy vaping in a cost-effective way.
  • Start with a starter kit. As mentioned earlier, these include everything you need to begin vaping in one convenient package.
  • Try refillable cartridges. Disposable cartridges are incredibly convenient, but if you are willing to spend just a bit of extra time (really, just a bit), you can increase your savings. Typically, you can purchase e-liquid in 10ml bottles, or 50ml in sample packs (i.e. five 10ml options).
  • If you buy a 50ml e-liquid refill, it may cost about £25 and last about a month – depending, of course, on how deeply you inhale and how frequently you smoke. It could, of course, last much longer, particularly if you are weaning yourself off of nicotine. Compare this to the cost of cigarettes for a month, which could easily run over £100.
  • Purchase high-quality e-liquid. If you choose to refill your cartridges, always use high-quality e-liquid. How do you know what ‘high quality’ is? Read the ingredients list. And if you cannot find an ingredients list, keep shopping. Many e-liquid suppliers do not disclose this information to buyers. Cigarettes are notorious for having hidden compounds; why switch to an e-liquid with the same disregard for transparency?
  • Rather than a laundry list of unpronounceable – and deadly – chemical compounds, your e-liquid list should be much, much shorter, and, of course, much, much safer. Look for pure, laboratory-tested products. Not only is it safer, but buying the good stuff ensures you won’t be stuck with 50ml of foul, tarry-tasting e-liquid that does nothing but put a dent in your wallet.
  • Buy online. Speciality stores are often priced much higher than online shops. You can save money by planning and ordering your supplies from reputable vendors.
  • Watch for special offers. Whether the vendor offers special holiday deals or clearance sales, these are great opportunities to stock up on electronic cigarettes, e-liquid, cartridges, charging accessories and more. Some vendors also have newsletters; with a free subscription, you can access exclusive deals to save even more.
  • Consider completing larger orders. Some e-liquid suppliers, such as V2 Cigs offer free shipping for orders over a certain amount. Remember, every bit adds up. Try ordering in bulk or larger quantities; it can also curb the necessity of running to a speciality store and overpaying when you run out of e-liquid, e-cigs or other related items.
  • Look for warranties. Reputable suppliers stand behind their products. Look for those that offer a warranty; these typically cover damage and defect when the products are used as intended. Another important step before you make a purchase is to inquire as to the returns policy; you never want to be stuck with a faulty product with no recourse.
  • Properly care for and clean your vaping supplies. Your electronic cigarettes or other vaping products should come with care instructions; read them and obey! Doing so will help prolong the life of your products and help keep the flavour and vapour cloud clean and robust!

Thinking of making the switch to electronic cigarettes? These cost-cutting tips should provide more than enough motivation. But if you need a bit more incentive, take a minute to imagine what you will do with all the money that you have saved by stopping the tobacco habit.

How Will You Spend Your Savings?

Will you take the holiday you have always wanted? Will you invest more in your retirement? Perhaps you will save up for a car or a down payment on a home? Or will you just enjoy going out to dinner with your significant other or to the pub with your mates without worrying about the pricey albatross of cigarettes? Imagine the possibilities – all the while enjoying the flavour and convenience of vaping.

Just a few generations ago, cigarettes were chic – and cheap. Today, though, the costs have grown exponentially. Monetary costs are, of course, the hardest felt in the short term, but costs to your career, insurance premiums, pension savings and health accumulate over time.

Make the e-cigarette switch today, and start seeing the savings tomorrow. You will feel better, smell nicer and have more money for the items and experiences that you want to enjoy in life.