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E-Cigs By the Numbers: Still Not Sure If You Should Switch to E-Cigs? Let these Numbers Convince You

There are a lot of reasons to switch to e-cigarettes and, to be honest, it’s really not hard to share the truth about e-cigarettes with others. But there are a lot of skeptics out there, and anecdotal stories only work for a few kinds of people. For some, cold hard facts are what it takes to do the real convincing. If you’re still on the fence about e-cigarettes, let these facts and figures convince you to stop wavering and finally take a chance on vaping.

Out of Pocket Cost

E-cigarettes scare some people away with the initial startup cost, but it should be clear that over the course of even just a short period of time, they begin to add up to real savings in comparison to traditional smokes.

A pack-a-day smoker can spend anywhere from $1,500 a year in a low-tax state all the way to about $5,000 in New York where cigarettes average around $13 a pack. On average across the country, the cost of smoking regular cigarettes rings up at about $2,250 a year.

As far as e-cigs are concerned, the cost is far more manageable. Most companies manufacturing the disposable kind of e-cigarette say they’re equivalent to about two packs of cigarettes and cost $6 to $10 each, meaning over the course of a year disposable e-cigs would cost about $1,100 to $1,800. Right off the bat that is a huge saving of several hundreds of dollars.

However, most users opt for the rechargeable e-cigarette option and that delivers quite the savings too. Of course, there is a larger initial investment which usually ranges between $10 and $40. However, if you are purchasing e-liquid cartridges at their average price of $2.50 each, a pack a day smoker using rechargeable e-cigs could save up to $1,800 a year.

For slightly more advanced users, you can save even more money by employing a refillable tank system. Rather than buying replaceable cartridges, you can buy vials of e-liquid and fill up your own tank or cartomizer. If you chose this option, it’s important to remember to keep your tank clean to elongate its life. However, even with proper care from time to time you will need to replace your tank, however the cost is very nominal. The devices with refillable tanks tend to cost slightly more than the traditional rechargeable models, with the majority of devices being in the $35 to $50 range (Though some high tech units can cost upwards of $200). However, just $8.00 worth of e-liquid can last for about 10 days for an average smoker. That means your savings is even greater, in fact for an average smoker using refillable tanks adds up to about $1,900 in savings a year.

Health Care Cost

From 2000-2004, the health care cost related to tobacco reached $96 billion dollars. In the simplest terms that means $96 billion dollars in wasted opportunity. Money that could have been spent in other places to improve our society, in education or public transportation, was doled out due to the hand of tobacco related illness. When you combine that figure with the loss of productivity, what we could have accomplished if people were not sick, dying or debilitated by cigarettes, the experts estimate that tobacco-related problems cost our society a staggering $193 billion dollars.

On a more personal scale, the math just doesn’t add up either. A person spends an average of around $6.50 for a pack of cigarettes in America. Experts believe that over the course of a lifetime a smoker will incur about $35 worth of medical costs related to smoking per pack. Meaning each $6.50 pack you buy, is also costing you more. Basically, if you just bought a pack of smokes recently, you might as well have forked at least $40 across the counter, because that’s how much it’s going to really cost you in the end.

Dental Costs

Cigarettes are horrible on your teeth, this is a fact most smokers do not need told to them. The smoke and tar damage from combustible smokes can really do a number on your chompers, especially their basic appearance. Smokers can spend anywhere from $500 to $1500 on professional cleaning and whitening treatments just to attempt to reverse the damage done by smokes. With e-cigs, however, dentists notice no difference between the teeth of a vaper and the teeth of a non-smoker. With e-cigarettes you will incur zero additional cost in your dental care, a fact that cannot be easily ignored.

Your Health

Perhaps the most important reason to switch lies in truly how much safer e-cigs really are for you than their combustible counterpart.

Cigarette smoke contains over 7000 thousand chemicals, at least 69 of these are known to be cancer causing. When vaped at the proper temperature, e-cigarettes contain NO cancer causing carcinogens, none, zero. In fact there are very few chemicals associated with e-cig liquid, with most of the chemicals coming from the flavoring, not the nicotine or the e-liquid medium (propylene glycol or vegetable glycerin). Tests results vary greatly from brand to brand, however, even if chemicals were found they almost always appear at trace levels, and most times they do not appear at all.

It’s a scary statistic, but according to the American Cancer Society 50% of the people who are smoking now will die from a smoking-related illness. In fact, smoking is the #1 cause of preventable death in America. With these statistics, it’s hard to believe that anyone would smoke; and the truth is now you don’t have to.

Looking at the numbers, it’s a simple fact that e-cigarettes are the way to go. Whether you are just replacing a habit, or whether you are looking to quit altogether, e-cigarettes provide a safer alternative to anyone who is smoking now. Do yourself, and those who love you, a favor, and listen to the numbers- switch to e-cigarettes today.

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