How Much Does Vaping Cost? A Breakdown Of Vaping Vs Smoking Costs

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Sometimes we humans can’t see the forest for the trees. We see how much that shiny new vape kit costs, along with a bottle of e-liquid, and we tighten our purse strings. After all, the vaping world can seem intimidating enough without having to ship out a big entry fee! So in general, how much does vaping cost? 

Well, compared to smoking, not only do health experts agree that it is 95% less harmful, but vaping is also much, much cheaper—which is especially true if (like us) you have to cough up UK taxes.  

So, to help you put your financial concerns at ease, MIST has provided you with a detailed guide about the cost of vaping. 

After reading this, you’ll realise that, by making the switch to vaping, you’re being more like a savvy investor than a spendthrift!

How much does vaping cost explained:

  1. Is vaping a good investment
  2. Does vaping save you money?
  3. How much should you spend on your first vape kit?

1. Is vaping a good investment?

Switching from smoking to vaping does require a small investment to start you off in the form of buying a vape kit. Sometimes, potential vapers are put off from the switch due to the apparent cost of having to buy a starter vape kit, which is of course a real shame. 

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When I say small investment, I really do mean that. The long-term cost-benefit far, far outweighs the cost of forking out for a new vape kit. Seriously, it really does—keep reading to find out just how much.

Regardless of the budgetary pros though, even if vaping didn’t offer smokers massive potential savings, investing in your first vape kit would still be an intelligent, well-thought-out decision. Buying a vape kit isn’t just a step towards saving money in the long run—it’s a step towards saving your body from potentially life-threatening consequences. You could also be saving yourself sick days from work for recurrent bouts of bronchitis, for one thing.

2. Does vaping save you money?

On this mossy rock, we call the UK, a pack of 20 cigarettes will cost on average £12.73. If you were to smoke a pack a day, it would be an annual cost of £4646.45, which is more than 15% of the average salary us Brits take home every year. If you ask us, that’s a pretty appalling amount of money to spend on shortening your lifespan!

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Like most things in life, vaping isn’t free, but it’s certainly cheaper than smoking. In order to shed some light on how much vaping costs, MIST has done a few calculations.

It goes without saying that there are differently priced models which require different replacement coils so, in this example, we’re going to work from the costs of maintaining the Innokin Endura T22—a great higher-end starter vape kit.

If you’re a heavy vaper who gets through a heroic dose of 7ml of e-liquid per day and two coils per week, you would spend no more than £1100 a year, including the cost of the initial kit. This may seem like a pretty high estimate, but the savings, when compared to smoking, are pretty significant. Even heavy vapers will save over £2000 a year more than a smoker who gets through 20 a day.

Realistically though, most vapers only tend to get through roughly 2 – 3 ml of vape juice per day and one coil per week. This adds up to no more than £430 a year, including the vape kit. That’s roughly a whopping £3500-4216 saved when compared with a serious smoking habit! No matter how you break it down, there’s no argument that vaping is substantially cheaper than smoking—even for those vape-chainers among us!

3. How much should you spend on your first vape kit?

The sheer number of vape products available, along with their respective specifications, can seem daunting to first-time vapers. Do I buy this fancy-looking mod, or something more stripped down?

Is that vape tank suited to this battery? Which vape coils go with my kit? And what in the world is MTL and DTL?! This onslaught of questions, along with the initially high price tag, may dissuade beginners.

However, as is often the case with vaping, the answers are always a lot more simple than they appear. Furthermore, (unless you get a custom-made, gem-encrusted e-cigarette) we’ve already shown that, even if you were to buy the most expensive vape kit on the market, it would still be substantially cheaper than smoking.

So let’s figure out how much you should spend on your first vape kit.

Firstly, it’s a good idea to work out how much you spend on smoking: how many cigarettes do you go through a day and how much does it cost you?

If you’ve set a switching date, it might be useful to start making a record of how much you smoke every day and how much you spend. Once you’ve got a good idea of how much you smoke on a day-to-day basis, you can start looking into buying a vape kit with a little more knowledge on your side.

We believe most can’t go wrong with a trusty starter kit! These vape kits are specifically designed with beginners in mind. Streamlined, reliable, and easy to use—starter kits are the most ergonomic and cost-effective way to start vaping. 

Here’s how much your first starter kit (UK) will cost:

For the heavier smokers among you, spending a little more initially might be necessary. With the extra cost comes larger tank space for vape juice and a higher-performing battery, meaning fewer refills and recharges are needed.

You could try a vape pen like the Aspire Pockex if you need something that packs more of a punch. Just bare in mind that, once the prices start to get higher than around £35, you might be looking at too complex a model or too expensive a shop!


We hope we’ve managed to convince you that vaping is a smart financial decision. If you are one of those courageous souls who have recently quit tobacco, you’ll never have to worry about the cost of vaping, or the price of a new vape kit—the financial benefits are crystal clear! 

We can’t emphasise enough just how much money you save—even though initially it feels like you’re spending a great deal, it won’t be long till you realise it’s very much worth it!

After all, by vaping, not only do you save money, but you potentially save yourself.

Sounds like a pretty good deal to me…

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