Many smokers think that smoking is simply a habit that costs them 5 bucks a couple times a week. What many don’t realize, or think about, is the trickle down economics of be a smoker. Let’s take a look at what cigarettes cost the average 1 Pack a day smoker, and all the accouterments that go with smoking.
Cost of the Pack: A smoker that smokes a pack a day will spend an average of $5 on a pack of cigarettes. That is $150 per month / $1,800 per year.
Tax: The national average on a pack is $1.45. So that is another $43.50 per month / $522 per year.
Teeth Cleaning and Whitening: Smokers have nasty teeth. Period. The only smokers that don’t have nasty teeth, are the ones that dish out the $$$ for whitening and cleaning regularly. Let’s say $30 per month on whitening products. So $360 a year.
Dry Cleaning: Business person? You know you spend money on dry cleaning ALOT if you are a smoker. You can’t get the cigarette smell out of a suit with normal cleaning. $40 per month / $480 per year.
Air Freshener: Many smokers own Febreeze and other plugin air fresheners so their apartments don’t smell like total ashtrays. 10 bucks a month / $120 a year.
Carpet Cleaning: When you move out, if you are a smoker, your are cleaning that carpet and MAYBE even repainting. That’s about $300 a year.
Life insurance: Smokers pay DOUBLE for their life insurance policies. Based on national averages, that’s running you $2,571 a year.
Total Cost of being a Smoker: $6,153.00 per year
What is the cost of being an E-Cigarette Smoker?
Cost of Pack: The avg cost of a pack equivalent of electronic cigarettes INCLUDING tax is $2. so $60 per month / $720 per year.
- No dry cleaning needed, because there is no tar to stick to clothes
- No Air freshener needed, because there is no smell
- No teeth whitening needed, because there is no tar to stain teeth
- No carpet cleaning or painting needed, because again, no tar or smell to stick to carpet or paint
- No hike in Life Insurance cost, because you aren’t actually “smoking”. You are vaping
Total Cost of being a Electronic Cigarette Smoker: $720 per year
I didn’t even mention health benefits and less doctor visits. So what do you think? Would you like to save $5,433 per year and be healthier by switching to E-cigs? Sound off!