Is vaping cheaper than smoking in the UK? See the figures.

is vaping cheaper than smoking uk

Could vaping save you thousands of pounds?

If you smoke 20 cigarettes a day, it could cost you over £3,500 a year. That’s a very nice all-inclusive family holiday in the Med with change for li-los and airport beers. But is vaping cheaper than smoking in the UK?

We’ve crunched the numbers for you, so you know exactly how vaping and smoking compare. There are other costs to consider (not all financial), which we’ve covered too.

Let’s look at the figures – smoking vs vaping.

These costs will give you a guide only as understandably they vary between cigarette brand and the type of vaping device and e-liquid you use. The example below is based on the Aspire PockeX Vape Kit.


  • 1pk/day = £10.00
  • Lighter/matches per week = £0.50
  • Cost in 1 week = £70.50
  • Cost per year = £3,666.00
  • Cost per 10 years = £36,660.00


  • Device set-up cost = £24.99
  • E-liquid (half a bottle per day) = £2.50
  • Coils (1 per week) = £3.00
  • Cost in 1 week = £45.49
  • Cost per year = £1,090.99
  • Cost per 10 years = £10,684.99

Savings if you vaped.

  • In 1 week = £25.01*
  • Every year = £2,575.01*
  • Every 10 years = £25,975.01*

It’s also worth noting that vaping hasn’t experienced the same levels of price rises cigarettes have in recent years. If this trend continues, there’s the potential for the savings to be even higher.

What would you do with the money vaping saves you?

The savings you make by vaping instead of smoking are pretty substantial. Just imagine what you could do with all the extra money. In the first year alone, you could get a new large flat-screen TV – and a very nice new sofa to sit on while you watch it. And after 10 years – what would you do with over £25k? A fancy new car? A deposit for a house? The possibilities are endless.

Smoking doesn’t just hurt your pocket.

Comprehensive studies carried out by well-known associations and bodies found that the health risks with vaping are massively reduced compared to smoking. This is primarily due to the two harmful toxins produced by cigarette smoke – tar and carbon monoxide.

Public Health England’s assessment concluded that vaping is 95% less harmful than smoking: “Vaping poses only a small fraction of the risks of smoking and switching completely from smoking to vaping conveys substantial benefits over continued smoking.”

The cost of smoking is also felt by the NHS. It’s estimated it spends £2 billion a year on treatments for smoking-related diseases.

So, vaping is cheaper and less harmful than smoking.

When you see how much money you could save by switching from cigarettes to vaping, it really gets you thinking. Even more so when you add in that the health risks are greatly reduced too.

Public Health England estimate 57,000 extra smokers quit because of vaping. If you are considering it, our article what is vaping? might help. You can also get in touch with one of our friendly advisors who can tell you more about it, including helping you choose your first e-cigarette starter kit.

* Savings based on Aspire PockeX Starter Kit. Nicotine absorption is the same. Puffing style does not affect nicotine absorption. Numbers rounded up for e-liquid prices.

What is vaping? Discover more about e-cigarettes and how they work.

what is vaping?

Vaping is still a new concept for many people.

Vaping is as popular as ever. Everyone probably knows at least one person who vapes. But not everyone knows what vaping is, which is perfectly understandable given its relative infancy. This article will help give you a good knowledge of vaping and how vaping devices work.

Vaping – the basics.

E-cigarettes, or vapes as they are more commonly known, are battery-powered devices that replicate the sensation of smoking. Like cigarettes, they still contain nicotine, but they don’t produce the harmful toxins tar and carbon monoxide.

There are two main components required to vape: firstly, the e-liquid and secondly, the hardware or device.

What is vaping e-liquid?

E-liquids contain four main ingredients: nicotine, propylene glycol (PG), vegetable glycerine (VG) and flavourings. The quality of which varies between brands. In our e-liquids, we only use pharmaceutical grade nicotine, PG and VG, and food grade flavourings.

The nicotine strength in the e-liquids typically varies from 3 to 20mg/ml. If you are a smoker or ex-smoker, you can select a level of nicotine that’s reflective of the number of cigarettes you smoke (or used to smoke). The other thing that varies is the ratio of PG and VG. As a general rule the higher the PG level, the greater the flavour. And the higher the VG level, the thicker the plume of vapour.

What is vaping hardware?

A vaping device typically consists of a mouthpiece, battery and cartridge or tank containing e-liquid. Basically, it vaporises the e-liquid, providing the nicotine to inhale with the vapour. Here’s how it works in a bit more detail:

  1. You fill the tank with e-liquid.
  2. The e-liquid is absorbed by a wick (cotton, ceramic), which brings it to the surface of a heating element or atomiser.
  3. The battery powers the atomiser, and electrical resistance causes the coil in the atomiser to become warm, vaporising the e-liquid in contact with its surface.
  4. As you pull air through the atomiser, it brings vapour up for you to inhale.

The first commercially available vape device was developed in 2003 by a Chinese pharmacist, Hon Lik, following the death of his father from lung cancer. Today, they come in all shapes and sizes, from discreet to customisable.

The benefits of vaping over smoking.

The growing popularity of vaping is as a result of them being demonstrated to be considerably less harmful than cigarettes. They are also around 80% cheaper than smoking cigarettes. Two very compelling factors that make vaping a viable alternative if you are a smoker. In England alone, Public Health England estimates there are up to 57,000 ‘additional’ quitters every year from smoking as a result of vaping.

That’s not all…

Hopefully, this has given you a better insight into the world of vaping. There’s so much more to discover – we haven’t even touched on the huge array of e-liquid flavours available. For more detailed information about vaping products, you can visit our website.