The cost of smoking versus vaping has been a heated debate since vaping began. We can go back to the early 2000’s where the first e-cigarettes, commonly referred to as cigalikes, cost about $200 bucks and pretty much sucked. The problem is that there are a lot of smokers still stuck in the mindset that an e-cigarette will cost them hundreds of dollars. This couldn’t be any further from the truth. Let’s go ahead and get past this myth once and for all shall we?
The Cost of Smoking
There is no way to come up with exact figures on the cost of smoking due to the different types, qualities, and prices of cigarettes from place to place. So what I will do is try and break down the numbers into averages to give you a general idea. First off let’s start off with a pack of traditional “premium” cigarettes like Marlboro, Camel, or Newport. An average price for a pack of these cigarettes is $8 bucks. Now let’s break that down for a casual smoker, a half a pack a day smoker, and a pack a day smoker.
Casual Smoker (approx 1-7 cigarettes a day): The casual smoker is going to be the cheapest out of the bunch with a pack of cigarettes lasting anywhere from 2 1/2 days to 20 days. Let’s assume on the higher side, say 5 to 7 cigarettes a day, for the next equation:
30 days divided by 2.5 days (approx how long a pack will last) equals 12 packs of cigarettes for the month
$8 bucks per pack multiplied by 12 packs equals $96 bucks a month spent on cigarettes for a casual smoker
Let’s add in an extra pack a week for losses and incidentals so that’s an extra $36 bucks
So as a rough estimate a casual smoker will spend approx $132 bucks a month on cigarettes
Half a Pack Smoker (approx 10-16 cigarettes a day): The half a pack a day smoker is usually the smoker who is in the process of quitting. A pack of cigarettes will last anywhere from a day and a half to 2 days. Again let’s assume on the higher side, 15 cigarettes a day, and calculate that equation:
30 days divided by 1.5 days (approx lifespan of a pack) equals 20 packs of cigarettes for the month
$8 bucks per pack multiplied by 20 packs equals $160 bucks a month spent on cigarettes for the half a pack smoker
Let’s add in the “incidental” 4 pack total of $36
So if you are a half a pack a day smoker you will spend approx $196 bucks a month on cigarettes
Pack a Day Smoker (at least 20 cigarettes a day): This is the normal smoker. Most people who smoke smoke at least a pack a day of cigarettes if not a little more. To keep the math simple we’ll stick with 20 cigarettes, or precisely 1 pack, per day.