Electronic cigarettes also known as e-cigs or vapes are fast becoming the preferred option when it comes to smoking. There are less-harmful than the tobacco type and are also available in different brands. You also don’t have to inhale nicotine since there are types that contain zero nicotine. This not only makes the vape pens more convenient and user-friendly but also safer.


Nonetheless, one thing that has been making headlines since they were introduced into the market is there cost. People always wonder whether this form of cigarette is cheaper or more costly than the normal cigarettes. In fact, before switching or purchasing e-cigs many people look at the cost of vaping. This entails factoring the cost of buying the kit, price of refill (e-juice), as well as maintenance cost.

Just like the ordinary tobacco cigarettes, people want a similar or better experience. The “high” should be better, the cigarette should be easy to use, and there should be many varieties. But, this doesn’t mean a person digging deeper into their pockets. I mean, the cost of smoking is already high thanks to the rising cost of living. This explains why people are always comparing different brands as well as reading reviews. So, are electronic cigarettes cheaper than tobacco cigarettes?

When comparing the price of normal and e-cigs, we normally look at the long-term cost. Though there are some people who may vape or smoke once out of curiosity, truth is smoking or vaping is usually a habit and its highly-unlikely that a person will smoke once or two times. Usually, people will intend to smoke regularly and over a long period of time.

The cost analysis takes into account the cost of purchase as well and maintaining the habit; for instance, buying lighters or matches, refilling the gas lighter, replacing the rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, buying a replacement kit, purchasing the flavors or e-liquid and more. Unlike the usual e-cigs, the disposable type is similar to the traditional tobacco cigarette. They are used once then disposed off.

The initial cost of purchasing electronic cigarettes is normally higher than tobacco cigarettes. You need to buy the entire kit which consists of the atomizer, cartridge, rechargeable battery, charger, holding/storage case, as well as the e-liquid (e-juice). On the other hand, you only need to buy a pack of tobacco cigarettes, a match box or gas lighter. The price of a kit ranges from $20 up to $145 while a pack of tobacco cigarettes only goes for between $5 and $15 with the average being $7. The average price of disposable vape is about $9.5.

A normal cigarette will offer you about 10 puffs within 5 to 10 minutes and a pack contain 20 cigarettes. Taking $7 as the average cost you will spend approximately $2500 annually. Disposable vapes don’t come with a battery, charger, and don’t require replenishment. However, they are a bit costly due to the cartridge. A single cigarette is equivalent to 2.5 packs of tobacco cigarette. And taking the average price of $9.50, you will spend about $1,387 each year. The rechargeable kit costs between $25 and $145, the cost of cartridges for the entire year is $605. Alternatively, you can buy liquid refills at a price of $42 monthly or $516 annually. Total cost averages between $600 and $800.

Looking at the above comparison it is clear that the cost of electronic cigarettes is much lower than tobacco cigarettes.

Now that you know the real value of e-cigarettes and the real cost of tobacco, it's time to take the first step and switch to vaping or quit smoking altogether. If you're not sure where to begin, we recommend starting out by reading reviews on the top e-cig brands such as V2 Cigs, Blu Cigs, NJOY, or Green Smoke. Here's a very in-depth and well written V2 Cigs review that gives you a lot of information about all the different starter kits V2 Cigs carries and it's written in a simple enough style that can be understood easily by anyone who is new to the world of vaping.

Smoking has been traced back to approximately 18,000 years ago. Tobacco is a native plant to the Americas. Native Americans used tobacco primarily for medicinal purposes and other ritualistic purposes. Almost certainly, the tobacco plant was first chewed. The plant comes from the same family as the potato, the pepper plant and nightshade.

Tobacco became a tool for ritualistic purposes among indigenous people in the Americas along with opium and cannabis. They would smoke these plants during rituals to enhance their experiences. Both the Mayans and the Aztecs used tobacco and even included it in their storytelling. By the time the Europeans landed in the Americas, tobacco was an integral part of native culture.

When Christopher Columbus landed in the Americas in 1492, he was offered a gift of tobacco and knew that it was used for smoking. The plant and seeds were introduced to Europe when Columbus sailed back and it was immediately grown and sold.


Europeans believed, just as the indigenous American peoples did, that it was medicinal and had healing properties. Doctors wrote about it and attributed many curative properties to it in books. As tobacco became more and more popular in Europe, smoking became the preferred way to administer the ‘medicine’. Ironically, the doctor who promoted smoking tobacco in the late 1500’s died of a nasal malignancy, most likely from smoking his medicine!

The biggest proponent of tobacco smoking in England was a dandy favored by royalty, Sir Walter Raleigh. The colonial tobacco trade market took off as people became addicted to the substance. It was ‘reintroduced’ as a pleasure commodity in the New World by John Rolfe in Jamestown in the early 1600’s who began the first tobacco plantation after the reintroduction of tobacco.

As the Americas were increasingly colonized in the 1600’s, tobacco was used as a sort of money. It was used to barter with native peoples, but it was also used as a type of currency in Europe. By the mid-1600’s every civilization that was known smoked tobacco. At this time, however, the dangers of smoking were being realized and some people and governments were very vocal about how dangerous tobacco could be. It is highly ironic that some of the first civilizations to ban tobacco are the civilizations that have a large problem with it today. The Ottoman Empire thought that smoking was dangerous to morals and health. The Chinese emperor at the time banned smoking. Japanese shogun warriors did not like tobacco because it was a waste of farmland. However, the high society in Japan viewed tobacco smoking as high fashion and created smoking clubs.

Europeans quickly spread tobacco to Asia and Africa. India, South Asia and the Middle East were already smoking cannabis well before the introduction of tobacco by foreign traders. Although tobacco started as a fairly benign substance in the Americas, foreign traders quickly turned it into a booming, profitable commodity globally and it has reigned as one of the world’s most loved, yet most hated commodity since that time.