The Costs of Vaping: A Complete Picture of What It Takes to Vape

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Vape prices are usually the first things in people’s minds when they think about the costs of vaping. It is a good thing to think about if they are thinking about picking up a vape.

There are other costs, though, both real and unseen. People might not think about them at first, but they come up later if someone vapes a lot.

These other costs affect emotional, physical, social and even personal life of vapes. No matter if they vape e-liquid, herbs or concentrates or CBD, there is more to the costs of vaping than just money.

Table Of Contents:

  1. How Much a Starter Vape Costs
  2. Buying E-Juices and Accessories
  3. A Cost Breakdown
  4. The Different Types of Vaping
  5. Costs of Vaping vs. Costs of Smoking Cigarettes
  6. Costs of Vaping vs. Costs of Smoking Marijuana
  7. Costs of Vaping CBD
  8. The Costs of Vaping in the Workplace
  9. The Invisible Costs of Vaping
  10. How to Save on the Costs of Vaping
  11. Conclusion: Summing Up the Costs of Vaping

  1. How Much a Starter Vape Costs
  2. Buying E-Juices and Accessories
  3. A Cost Breakdown
  4. The Different Types of Vaping
  5. Costs of Vaping vs. Costs of Smoking Cigarettes
  6. Costs of Vaping vs. Costs of Smoking Marijuana
  7. Costs of Vaping CBD
  8. The Costs of Vaping in the Workplace
  9. The Invisible Costs of Vaping
  10. How to Save on the Costs of Vaping
  11. Conclusion: Summing Up the Costs of Vaping

The Costs of Getting Started

There are many ways people start vaping. People who have no experience vaping often buy a starter kit.

Starter kits feature all the tools and accessories people need to start vaping, things like tanks, batteries, coils, chargers, and sometimes, even e-juice. 

The cost of these starter kits varies, as they have a lot of differences between them.

The most basic e-cig starter kit features the following:

  • A battery
  • A removable and refillable tank, or a pod
  • A charger

These e-cig starter kits have a price range between $15 and $50.

The Juul starter kit, for example, is one of the most popular starter pod vapes. It retails at about $20 and includes:

  • a Juul pod vape,
  • four pre-filled e-liquid pods,
  • and a charger.

There are many vapes like the Juul, which are commonly called pod mods. These types of vapes have replaced older, glass tank-and-battery combos that were the first kind of starter mod. The new generation of starter kits is smaller in size, more portable, and more discreet.

They also don’t look anything like cig-a-likes that copied the shape and size of real cigarettes. These vapes are more futuristic in design and often have no buttons to press at all.

Another important distinction is that they can either be disposable or reusable, with the latter costing a little more than the former.

These devices are cheap compared to larger, more advanced vaping mods. Their low cost is due to their simple designs and functioning. Although they are easy-to-use and easy to carry around, they also do not have a lot of performance power or different features.

There are many ways people start vaping. People who have no experience vaping often buy a starter kit.

Starter kits feature all the tools and accessories people need to start vaping, things like tanks, batteries, coils, chargers, and sometimes, even e-juice. 

The cost of these starter kits varies, as they have a lot of differences between them.

The most basic e-cig starter kit features the following:

  • A battery
  • A removable and refillable tank, or a pod
  • A charger

These e-cig starter kits have a price range between $15 and $50.

The Juul starter kit, for example, is one of the most popular starter pod vapes. It retails at about $20 and includes:

  • a Juul pod vape,
  • four pre-filled e-liquid pods,
  • and a charger.

There are many vapes like the Juul, which are commonly called pod mods. These types of vapes have replaced older, glass tank-and-battery combos that were the first kind of starter mod. The new generation of starter kits is smaller in size, more portable, and more discreet.

They also don’t look anything like cig-a-likes that copied the shape and size of real cigarettes. These vapes are more futuristic in design and often have no buttons to press at all.

Another important distinction is that they can either be disposable or reusable, with the latter costing a little more than the former.

These devices are cheap compared to larger, more advanced vaping mods. Their low cost is due to their simple designs and functioning. Although they are easy-to-use and easy to carry around, they also do not have a lot of performance power or different features.

Other Costs: Juices and Supplies

E-Juices and Nicotine salts

A vape without e-juice is like a car without any gas.

It’s nice to look at from the outside, but without fuel, it is pretty worthless. E-juice is a necessary investment for any vaper. It is also an ongoing one, as e-juice is the most perishable item in a vaper’s world.

Picking the best nicotine salt or e-juice comes with its own criteria. It is mostly down to personal taste, but the cost is another crucial factor to consider as, again, e-juice is an ongoing cost associated with vaping. There are also several ways to buy e-juice.

For beginners, it might suit them to get many flavors at once or buy e-juice in a bundle so they can try different styles and different flavors.

Many e-juice vendors offer this latter option, but there are also e-juice subscription services that let people sign-up for monthly deliveries of new e-juices.

  • Buying a bundle of e-juice can run anywhere from $40 for three or four bottles of different sizes, like 30 or 60ml.
  • Individual 10ml bottles of regular e-juice can cost as little as $5 on some sites.
  • Premium e-juice, however, costs a little more.

*Premium e-juice costs more because it uses unique ingredients and is made in small batches.

High-end e-juices often start at $20 and go up from there, depending on the bottle size. For anyone who wants to avoid the minefield of picking the right e-juice, there is the option of having e-juice included in your starter kit.

If the kit uses pre-filled pods (like the Juul do use prefilled with nic salt pods) that takes the guesswork out of having to choose a specific e-juice, which could be overwhelming for someone starting vaping, another thing for beginners to consider is to get several one-flavor e-juices at once.

E-juices can have several flavors blended into one e-liquid, or have only one taste. Vapers who have never tried e-juice could start with characteristics that are familiar to them, like tobacco or menthol, and then expand from there.

Supplies

Vape supplies can mean anything a vaper needs to keep their device in good working order or accessories that add a personal touch to their rig.

Vape supplies can include:

  • spare parts (screws, o-rings),
  • replacement parts (like glass tanks or coils),
  • and interchangeable parts like drip tips.

For people starting to vape, the cost of vaping supplies is not something they have to worry about.

Items like replacement tank glass or coils come standard in modern starter kits, so a vaper would not have to worry about those until they run out or need them. When they do need them, a replacement pack of coils, for example, can run from between $5 and $20, depending on the type of coil.

The cost of vape coils or wires is something that DIY vapers have to worry about. These experienced vapers make their own coils, and they need supplies (like resistance metals, wick material, and tools) to keep making them. The cost of vaping supplies for coil building can be a little less than buying pre-made coils, but only people with the skill and knowledge to make their coils can do it.

Moving On from Starter Kits

For higher-end, more advanced starter kits that come fully-accessorized, vapers can expect to pay anywhere between $20 and $80.

Prices start to go up when vapes DO have higher performance and make use of other, programmable, or variable features.

The larger, more advanced vapes like vape mods, mech mods or vaporizers are more durable and built to last. This longer product life means larger battery sizes and capacities, more features installed on the battery, a sizable, refillable glass tank, and interchangeable coils – all typical things of an advanced vape set.

E-Juices and Nicotine salts

A vape without e-juice is like a car without any gas.

It’s nice to look at from the outside, but without fuel, it is pretty worthless. E-juice is a necessary investment for any vaper. It is also an ongoing one, as e-juice is the most perishable item in a vaper’s world.

Picking the best nicotine salt or e-juice comes with its own criteria. It is mostly down to personal taste, but the cost is another crucial factor to consider as, again, e-juice is an ongoing cost associated with vaping. There are also several ways to buy e-juice.

For beginners, it might suit them to get many flavors at once or buy e-juice in a bundle so they can try different styles and different flavors.

Many e-juice vendors offer this latter option, but there are also e-juice subscription services that let people sign-up for monthly deliveries of new e-juices.

  • Buying a bundle of e-juice can run anywhere from $40 for three or four bottles of different sizes, like 30 or 60ml.
  • Individual 10ml bottles of regular e-juice can cost as little as $5 on some sites.
  • Premium e-juice, however, costs a little more.

*Premium e-juice costs more because it uses unique ingredients and is made in small batches.

High-end e-juices often start at $20 and go up from there, depending on the bottle size. For anyone who wants to avoid the minefield of picking the right e-juice, there is the option of having e-juice included in your starter kit.

If the kit uses pre-filled pods (like the Juul do use prefilled with nic salt pods) that takes the guesswork out of having to choose a specific e-juice, which could be overwhelming for someone starting vaping, another thing for beginners to consider is to get several one-flavor e-juices at once.

E-juices can have several flavors blended into one e-liquid, or have only one taste. Vapers who have never tried e-juice could start with characteristics that are familiar to them, like tobacco or menthol, and then expand from there.

Supplies

Vape supplies can mean anything a vaper needs to keep their device in good working order or accessories that add a personal touch to their rig.

Vape supplies can include:

  • spare parts (screws, o-rings),
  • replacement parts (like glass tanks or coils),
  • and interchangeable parts like drip tips.

For people starting to vape, the cost of vaping supplies is not something they have to worry about.

Items like replacement tank glass or coils come standard in modern starter kits, so a vaper would not have to worry about those until they run out or need them. When they do need them, a replacement pack of coils, for example, can run from between $5 and $20, depending on the type of coil.

The cost of vape coils or wires is something that DIY vapers have to worry about. These experienced vapers make their own coils, and they need supplies (like resistance metals, wick material, and tools) to keep making them. The cost of vaping supplies for coil building can be a little less than buying pre-made coils, but only people with the skill and knowledge to make their coils can do it.

Moving On from Starter Kits

For higher-end, more advanced starter kits that come fully-accessorized, vapers can expect to pay anywhere between $20 and $80.

Prices start to go up when vapes DO have higher performance and make use of other, programmable, or variable features.

The larger, more advanced vapes like vape mods, mech mods or vaporizers are more durable and built to last. This longer product life means larger battery sizes and capacities, more features installed on the battery, a sizable, refillable glass tank, and interchangeable coils – all typical things of an advanced vape set.

The Cost of Vaping in Numbers

Basic Vape Kit Cost

You can start vaping having only $20 in a pocket. But we recommend buying a bit more qualitative devices and spend at least $20 on vape pen amd $15 on e-juice or nic salt

After covering the initial set-up costs of vaping (buying a vape for $25-75, buying e-juices for $5-25, and other supplies, etc.) next comes the regular expenses of vaping.

Regular Costs

These expenses are how much vaping in general costs someone every month. People might think that with all there is to a vaping device (batteries, e-juices, coils) that prices might be more than a smoking habit.

With that said, when comparing the cost of vaping to cost of smoking, it’s best to measure the cost of buying e-juice regularly for buying a pack of cigarettes. Comparing these two items is the best way to examine the costs associated with both.

There are not a lot of regular costs, using the example of a box mod kit (tank and mod), other than buying e-liquid for about $10-25, with using this particular setup.

Vape mods are meant to be durable, so if the device does not break or experience some other user problem, the only cost that comes with using it would be the e-juice.

Other possible costs for vaping habits are hard to pin down.

  • The life of a coil (which is probably the only other perishable vape product) is too hard to qualify, as its product life depends on vaping habits (it can be a few days to a few weeks).
  • E-juice, though, is a constant. People always need e-juice, and the usage pattern is easy to identify.

Monthly E-Juice Consumption/Cost

In a 2014 online poll conducted by E-Cigarette Forum, over 22% of vapers polled said their daily e-juice consumption was between 4-5ml. Using the highest value of 5ml/day, an average vaper would get through about 150ml, more or less, of e-juice/month.

A 100ml bottle of e-juice can start anywhere from $12-$15 and go up from there. 

  • So for one month of vaping (excluding everything else), a person would spend more than the daily value of a pack of cigarettes (average price of a pack of cigarettes: $6.49),

but that is for the whole month! Of course, this calculation depends on if the person is a pack-a-day smoker, and if that is true, the comparison between the two is:

  • The monthly cost of a 100ml of e-juice: $15
  • The monthly cost of a pack-a-day smoking habit: $200
  • The monthly savings of vaping over smoking (in this case): $185

Cost Comparison: Vaping vs. Smoking

Using the figures above, we can estimate the yearly cost of an e-juice supply (again, based ONLY on the cost of e-juice and no other vaping necessity) to be:

  • $15/month for one year = $180

While a year-long, pack-a-day habit for cigarette smokers comes out to:

  • $200/month for one year = $2400

 

Basic Vape Kit Cost

You can start vaping having only $20 in a pocket. But we recommend buying a bit more qualitative devices and spend at least $20 on vape pen amd $15 on e-juice or nic salt

After covering the initial set-up costs of vaping (buying a vape for $25-75, buying e-juices for $5-25, and other supplies, etc.) next comes the regular expenses of vaping.

Regular Costs

These expenses are how much vaping in general costs someone every month. People might think that with all there is to a vaping device (batteries, e-juices, coils) that prices might be more than a smoking habit.

With that said, when comparing the cost of vaping to cost of smoking, it’s best to measure the cost of buying e-juice regularly for buying a pack of cigarettes. Comparing these two items is the best way to examine the costs associated with both.

There are not a lot of regular costs, using the example of a box mod kit (tank and mod), other than buying e-liquid for about $10-25, with using this particular setup.

Vape mods are meant to be durable, so if the device does not break or experience some other user problem, the only cost that comes with using it would be the e-juice.

Other possible costs for vaping habits are hard to pin down.

  • The life of a coil (which is probably the only other perishable vape product) is too hard to qualify, as its product life depends on vaping habits (it can be a few days to a few weeks).
  • E-juice, though, is a constant. People always need e-juice, and the usage pattern is easy to identify.

Monthly E-Juice Consumption/Cost

In a 2014 online poll conducted by E-Cigarette Forum, over 22% of vapers polled said their daily e-juice consumption was between 4-5ml. Using the highest value of 5ml/day, an average vaper would get through about 150ml, more or less, of e-juice/month.

A 100ml bottle of e-juice can start anywhere from $12-$15 and go up from there. 

  • So for one month of vaping (excluding everything else), a person would spend more than the daily value of a pack of cigarettes (average price of a pack of cigarettes: $6.49),

but that is for the whole month! Of course, this calculation depends on if the person is a pack-a-day smoker, and if that is true, the comparison between the two is:

  • The monthly cost of a 100ml of e-juice: $15
  • The monthly cost of a pack-a-day smoking habit: $200
  • The monthly savings of vaping over smoking (in this case): $185

Cost Comparison: Vaping vs. Smoking

Using the figures above, we can estimate the yearly cost of an e-juice supply (again, based ONLY on the cost of e-juice and no other vaping necessity) to be:

  • $15/month for one year = $180

While a year-long, pack-a-day habit for cigarette smokers comes out to:

  • $200/month for one year = $2400

 

Other Vaping Costs,

Different Vapes, Different Prices

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The above calculations are based on the vaping habits of someone with a specific type of device, namely a vape mod with a refillable glass tank. 

The costs change (go higher or lower) if someone uses a disposable e-cigarette or a pod mod. With these latter devices, the cost of e-juice is far less, and almost non-existent if the person is using pre-filled cartridges. 

Going Strong at the Beginning 

A person may also smoke less than the figures cited here as averages. 

They may vape more or less than 4-5ml, especially if they are starting to vape. If vapers are making the transition to e-cigarettes from real cigarettes, they tend to use high-nicotine content juices, which means they do not use as much e-liquid. Only, this usage pattern is not always the norm. 

People who are trying to quit smoking may vape a lot of e-juice, no matter the nicotine content, as their withdrawal symptoms kick in. The same standard used in nicotine replacement therapies (starting with high nicotine content, and gradually decreasing) applies to nicotine e-juice. People begin at a high level and then wean themselves off nicotine by using lower-strengths. 

 

Different Vapes, Different Prices

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The above calculations are based on the vaping habits of someone with a specific type of device, namely a vape mod with a refillable glass tank. 

The costs change (go higher or lower) if someone uses a disposable e-cigarette or a pod mod. With these latter devices, the cost of e-juice is far less, and almost non-existent if the person is using pre-filled cartridges. 

Going Strong at the Beginning 

A person may also smoke less than the figures cited here as averages. 

They may vape more or less than 4-5ml, especially if they are starting to vape. If vapers are making the transition to e-cigarettes from real cigarettes, they tend to use high-nicotine content juices, which means they do not use as much e-liquid. Only, this usage pattern is not always the norm. 

People who are trying to quit smoking may vape a lot of e-juice, no matter the nicotine content, as their withdrawal symptoms kick in. The same standard used in nicotine replacement therapies (starting with high nicotine content, and gradually decreasing) applies to nicotine e-juice. People begin at a high level and then wean themselves off nicotine by using lower-strengths. 

 

Is Vaping Cheaper than Smoking?

Vaping can be less expensive than smoking if someone is smart about their purchases.

 After all, a smoker needs to only buy cigarettes (maybe a lighter or two, as well). Like with smoking, though, the costs associated with vaping stem from a person’s consumption habits, like how often they vape, what kind of device they use, and other vaping variables. 

If a person vapes a lot, like if they smoke a lot, then their costs will be higher, as they will go through more e-juice and other products. Another thing that complicates estimating the daily, weekly, and monthly costs of vaping is the different prices of items like e-juice and coils. 

There is a wide price range for vaping items, so finding one that is both economical while meeting a person’s standards is a challenge. 

If a vaper invests in a durable, hard-working device and stays within their average consumption habits, they can find that the costs of vaping are much less than the costs of smoking. 

Vaping can be less expensive than smoking if someone is smart about their purchases.

 After all, a smoker needs to only buy cigarettes (maybe a lighter or two, as well). Like with smoking, though, the costs associated with vaping stem from a person’s consumption habits, like how often they vape, what kind of device they use, and other vaping variables. 

If a person vapes a lot, like if they smoke a lot, then their costs will be higher, as they will go through more e-juice and other products. Another thing that complicates estimating the daily, weekly, and monthly costs of vaping is the different prices of items like e-juice and coils. 

There is a wide price range for vaping items, so finding one that is both economical while meeting a person’s standards is a challenge. 

If a vaper invests in a durable, hard-working device and stays within their average consumption habits, they can find that the costs of vaping are much less than the costs of smoking. 

Vaping Marijuana vs. Smoking Marijuana

Vaping e-liquid is not the only type of vaping, though. Vaporizers for cannabis flowers and extracts were among the first vaporizing devices to emerge. 

When e-cigarettes began to rise in popularity, cannabis and extract vaporizers sprung up alongside them and became an essential part of the industry. They have also had the same effect of turning smokers into vapers, as there are benefits to vaping marijuana over smoking it

One benefit is the health aspect, as it is safer to inhale marijuana vapor instead of smoking it. Another is that vaping cannabis is much more efficient than burning it and can help save money in the long run, if someone is a regular user of marijuana.

Vaping e-liquid is not the only type of vaping, though. Vaporizers for cannabis flowers and extracts were among the first vaporizing devices to emerge. 

When e-cigarettes began to rise in popularity, cannabis and extract vaporizers sprung up alongside them and became an essential part of the industry. They have also had the same effect of turning smokers into vapers, as there are benefits to vaping marijuana over smoking it

One benefit is the health aspect, as it is safer to inhale marijuana vapor instead of smoking it. Another is that vaping cannabis is much more efficient than burning it and can help save money in the long run, if someone is a regular user of marijuana.

Cost and Health Benefits

A Big Investment

One thing that stands out about marijuana vaporizers is their cost, which is typically a lot higher than e-liquid vapes. A quality, dependable marijuana vaporizer should start at around $100 and go up from there. 

The reasons for this include things like: 

  • Manufacturing costs and materials 
  • Research and development 
  • Mark-ups 

By contrast, e-liquid vapes are straightforward in their design as they use a battery to heat a coil that then vaporizes e-juice. Marijuana vaporizers are not so simple. With marijuana vaping, there is also a risk of combustion. 

Weed vapes have to apply enough heat to vaporize, not the actual plant material, but the chemical components within the plant, which is challenging. In e-juice vapes, the resistance wire in the coils provides, well, resistance to the electrical current that prevents combustion, not to mention that liquids tend not to burn. 

Marijuana vaporizers do not have resistance wire (extract vaporizers do). 

Instead, they use thermal conductive materials like ceramic, stainless steel, and quartz that transfer heat to the content inside. Only mediocre or low-quality vapes can apply too much heat leading to combustion, which defeats the purpose of vaporizing. 

Getting smoke from a vaporizer might not seem like a big deal, but products that fail to vaporize well get a bad name and reputation. Some online stores even take them out of inventory, which is why vape manufacturers put a lot of effort into making optimal devices. 

Smoking vaporizers are also harmful to the consumer who spends a lot of money on a device that does exactly what $10 or $15 pipe can do. 

So the reason marijuana vaporizers cost a lot more than e-liquid vapes is that they have more complicated, intricate designs. The reason for this is, so they do not end up doing what they were not meant to do.

Investing upfront on a quality marijuana vaporizer ensures better, consistent performance, as well as a long product life. Going cheap may not be a bad idea for beginners who want to try the experience. For those who know what they want, though, going for a high-end product is not a waste of money in the world of weed vapes. 

Health Benefits

Many studies have shown that vaping marijuana is a lot healthier than smoking it. While smoking marijuana is different from smoking tobacco, there are still harmful chemicals that are produced by combustion. 

Depending on the method of smoking (in a joint, pipe or bong), 20% of the active compound in cannabis, THC, is lost to side-stream smoke. Side-stream smoke refers to the smoke given off by the lit part of a joint, or the smoke that the user does not inhale. 

Vaping eliminates that loss, as it extracts almost 46% of THC in a dry sample while smoking only yields half that amount. For anyone wanting to get the most out of their material, vaping seems to offer the best, most effective option. 

Apart from the higher delivery of THC that vaporizing offers, the other benefit from vaping is that users need only a small amount of their material to feel the effects of the drug. Where combustion methods like a joint or a bong require sizable amounts of the herb, vapes typically have small-capacity material chambers (around 0.5g). 

Users do not have to pack the chamber to capacity (which is not recommended) but instead use a small amount to enjoy the full flavor and effects of the strain. 

After the material is vaped, users can take the leftovers, aka “duff” or already been vaped (A.B.V.) and use it in various ways, from baking with it to smoking it when times are tough. 

A Big Investment

One thing that stands out about marijuana vaporizers is their cost, which is typically a lot higher than e-liquid vapes. A quality, dependable marijuana vaporizer should start at around $100 and go up from there. 

The reasons for this include things like: 

  • Manufacturing costs and materials 
  • Research and development 
  • Mark-ups 

By contrast, e-liquid vapes are straightforward in their design as they use a battery to heat a coil that then vaporizes e-juice. Marijuana vaporizers are not so simple. With marijuana vaping, there is also a risk of combustion. 

Weed vapes have to apply enough heat to vaporize, not the actual plant material, but the chemical components within the plant, which is challenging. In e-juice vapes, the resistance wire in the coils provides, well, resistance to the electrical current that prevents combustion, not to mention that liquids tend not to burn. 

Marijuana vaporizers do not have resistance wire (extract vaporizers do). 

Instead, they use thermal conductive materials like ceramic, stainless steel, and quartz that transfer heat to the content inside. Only mediocre or low-quality vapes can apply too much heat leading to combustion, which defeats the purpose of vaporizing. 

Getting smoke from a vaporizer might not seem like a big deal, but products that fail to vaporize well get a bad name and reputation. Some online stores even take them out of inventory, which is why vape manufacturers put a lot of effort into making optimal devices. 

Smoking vaporizers are also harmful to the consumer who spends a lot of money on a device that does exactly what $10 or $15 pipe can do. 

So the reason marijuana vaporizers cost a lot more than e-liquid vapes is that they have more complicated, intricate designs. The reason for this is, so they do not end up doing what they were not meant to do.

Investing upfront on a quality marijuana vaporizer ensures better, consistent performance, as well as a long product life. Going cheap may not be a bad idea for beginners who want to try the experience. For those who know what they want, though, going for a high-end product is not a waste of money in the world of weed vapes. 

Health Benefits

Many studies have shown that vaping marijuana is a lot healthier than smoking it. While smoking marijuana is different from smoking tobacco, there are still harmful chemicals that are produced by combustion. 

Depending on the method of smoking (in a joint, pipe or bong), 20% of the active compound in cannabis, THC, is lost to side-stream smoke. Side-stream smoke refers to the smoke given off by the lit part of a joint, or the smoke that the user does not inhale. 

Vaping eliminates that loss, as it extracts almost 46% of THC in a dry sample while smoking only yields half that amount. For anyone wanting to get the most out of their material, vaping seems to offer the best, most effective option. 

Apart from the higher delivery of THC that vaporizing offers, the other benefit from vaping is that users need only a small amount of their material to feel the effects of the drug. Where combustion methods like a joint or a bong require sizable amounts of the herb, vapes typically have small-capacity material chambers (around 0.5g). 

Users do not have to pack the chamber to capacity (which is not recommended) but instead use a small amount to enjoy the full flavor and effects of the strain. 

After the material is vaped, users can take the leftovers, aka “duff” or already been vaped (A.B.V.) and use it in various ways, from baking with it to smoking it when times are tough. 

Cost of CBD Vaping

CBD or cannabidiol is a phytocannabinoid found in the cannabis Sativa and Indica plants. The compound is different from THC, which is also found in the Cannabis Sativa and Indica plants. CBD is non-intoxicating and does not cause the same mind-altering effects that THC does. 

CBD is believed to have therapeutic effects, although that has not been proven. People take it as a supplement to help with ailments like inflammation, anxiety, and insomnia. There are many different ingestion methods that people use to take cannabidiol.

CBD or cannabidiol is a phytocannabinoid found in the cannabis Sativa and Indica plants. The compound is different from THC, which is also found in the Cannabis Sativa and Indica plants. CBD is non-intoxicating and does not cause the same mind-altering effects that THC does. 

CBD is believed to have therapeutic effects, although that has not been proven. People take it as a supplement to help with ailments like inflammation, anxiety, and insomnia. There are many different ingestion methods that people use to take cannabidiol.

Differences between Vaping and Smoking CBD

One of those methods is smoking high-CBD, non-THC cannabis flowers.

Much like smoking THC-heavy cannabis, CBD smokers can take the dry herb and burn it in a joint or a pipe. They could also vape it in an electronic vaporizing device. 

As CBD has no intoxicating effects, people who smoke THC-laden cannabis should not expect to get “high” with CBD-only cannabis. Users are not limited to only smoking CBD-heavy marijuana to get the effects of the substance, though. There are CBD oils that users can vape, as well as ingest orally. 

Cost of CBD Vaping and Smoking

CBD-infused products run the gamut from edible products like gummies, lozenges, even jerky! as well as topical creams, oils, and tinctures. 

  • Typically a gram of CBD-heavy flower can run about $10. How long that gram will last, someone depends on their consumption habits. 
  • CBD disposable vape pens start at around $20 and go up from there. The pen will last as long as there’s liquid inside, which can be anywhere from 200 to 400 puffs. 
  • Other CBD products can get pricey, though. 

Growing, extracting, and purifying CBD is a labor and resource-intensive process, so expect to shell out a lot for high-quality CBD products, especially with high cannabidiol concentrations. 

While smoking and vaping CBD are both effective means of ingesting the compound, vaping offers a purer, toxin-free experience. People concerned about their health would prefer vaping over inhaling CBD-tinged smoke, even if it costs a little more. 

One of those methods is smoking high-CBD, non-THC cannabis flowers.

Much like smoking THC-heavy cannabis, CBD smokers can take the dry herb and burn it in a joint or a pipe. They could also vape it in an electronic vaporizing device. 

As CBD has no intoxicating effects, people who smoke THC-laden cannabis should not expect to get “high” with CBD-only cannabis. Users are not limited to only smoking CBD-heavy marijuana to get the effects of the substance, though. There are CBD oils that users can vape, as well as ingest orally. 

Cost of CBD Vaping and Smoking

CBD-infused products run the gamut from edible products like gummies, lozenges, even jerky! as well as topical creams, oils, and tinctures. 

  • Typically a gram of CBD-heavy flower can run about $10. How long that gram will last, someone depends on their consumption habits. 
  • CBD disposable vape pens start at around $20 and go up from there. The pen will last as long as there’s liquid inside, which can be anywhere from 200 to 400 puffs. 
  • Other CBD products can get pricey, though. 

Growing, extracting, and purifying CBD is a labor and resource-intensive process, so expect to shell out a lot for high-quality CBD products, especially with high cannabidiol concentrations. 

While smoking and vaping CBD are both effective means of ingesting the compound, vaping offers a purer, toxin-free experience. People concerned about their health would prefer vaping over inhaling CBD-tinged smoke, even if it costs a little more. 

Costs of Vaping in the Workplace

There is a cost to vaping in the workplace for both employers and employees. There are savings, as well. A lot depends on who you ask. 

Many workplaces and corporate offices treat vaping the same as cigarette smoking: it is prohibited.

These are corporate giants like Wal-Mart, Target, Home Depot, and General Electric, who all ban vaping for both employees and customers. 

Smaller businesses might have different policies that allow e-cigarette use at work. Companies have a vested interest in helping their employees quit smoking. Many health insurance plans include free tobacco cessation methods like nicotine patches or gum. As e-cigarettes have not been approved as a smoking cessation tool, no insurance plan covers them. 

While there is no definitive proof that second-hand vapor is harmful, employers would rather not risk their employee’s health by exposing them to a foreign substance like e-cigarette vapor. Employees who vape cannot do so indoors. This might add to lost productivity, as it does with cigarettes. 

The study found that smokers cost their employers almost $4430/year, half of which comes from lost productivity when the person was smoking instead of working. 

While the argument could be made that vapers would not incur those losses if they vaped at their desks, employers have other employees to worry about who would not appreciate that concession. 

There is a cost to vaping in the workplace for both employers and employees. There are savings, as well. A lot depends on who you ask. 

Many workplaces and corporate offices treat vaping the same as cigarette smoking: it is prohibited.

These are corporate giants like Wal-Mart, Target, Home Depot, and General Electric, who all ban vaping for both employees and customers. 

Smaller businesses might have different policies that allow e-cigarette use at work. Companies have a vested interest in helping their employees quit smoking. Many health insurance plans include free tobacco cessation methods like nicotine patches or gum. As e-cigarettes have not been approved as a smoking cessation tool, no insurance plan covers them. 

While there is no definitive proof that second-hand vapor is harmful, employers would rather not risk their employee’s health by exposing them to a foreign substance like e-cigarette vapor. Employees who vape cannot do so indoors. This might add to lost productivity, as it does with cigarettes. 

The study found that smokers cost their employers almost $4430/year, half of which comes from lost productivity when the person was smoking instead of working. 

While the argument could be made that vapers would not incur those losses if they vaped at their desks, employers have other employees to worry about who would not appreciate that concession. 

The Costs of Vaping No One Wants to Talk About

The debate over whether vaping is safer than smoking, or even safe has overshadowed the question of whether vaping is more cost-effective than smoking. With the recent outbreak of vaping-related illnesses all over the US, anti-vaping people have become even more so, while defenders of vaping have started to question their stance. 

No doubt, it has now become much harder to defend vaping anything when real-world consequences are playing out on the news every day. These most recent cases have only bolstered the claims of anti-vaping forces concerned over the increases in teenage vaping over the last two years. 

A 2020 report from the University of Michigan found that 37% of young people surveyed admitting to vaping an e-cigarette within the last year. This figure is up from 28% in 2017. 

Even before this outbreak, the Food and Drug Administration launched an education campaign to inform teenage vapers of the risks of e-cigarette use. 

The FDA named their campaign The Real Cost and cited the “costs” as the following: 

These points are all directed at young people to prevent them from starting either vaping or smoking, but what about adult vapers? 

As the FDA does not recognize electronic nicotine delivery systems (or ENDS) as legitimate cessation tools, all the evidence that points to their efficacy as cessation tools is anecdotal, meaning its non-scientific. 

No one seems to agree about whether e-cigarettes are safe or not, especially now with “vaping” and “death” being written in the same sentences. What people who vape agree on is that cigarettes cost more than e-cigarettes and not just in money but in years lost to tobacco. 

The debate over whether vaping is safer than smoking, or even safe has overshadowed the question of whether vaping is more cost-effective than smoking. With the recent outbreak of vaping-related illnesses all over the US, anti-vaping people have become even more so, while defenders of vaping have started to question their stance. 

No doubt, it has now become much harder to defend vaping anything when real-world consequences are playing out on the news every day. These most recent cases have only bolstered the claims of anti-vaping forces concerned over the increases in teenage vaping over the last two years. 

A 2020 report from the University of Michigan found that 37% of young people surveyed admitting to vaping an e-cigarette within the last year. This figure is up from 28% in 2017. 

Even before this outbreak, the Food and Drug Administration launched an education campaign to inform teenage vapers of the risks of e-cigarette use. 

The FDA named their campaign The Real Cost and cited the “costs” as the following: 

These points are all directed at young people to prevent them from starting either vaping or smoking, but what about adult vapers? 

As the FDA does not recognize electronic nicotine delivery systems (or ENDS) as legitimate cessation tools, all the evidence that points to their efficacy as cessation tools is anecdotal, meaning its non-scientific. 

No one seems to agree about whether e-cigarettes are safe or not, especially now with “vaping” and “death” being written in the same sentences. What people who vape agree on is that cigarettes cost more than e-cigarettes and not just in money but in years lost to tobacco. 

Some Cost-Saving Tips and How To Save Even More

Do It Yourself

A strong DIY (do-it-yourself) current runs through all of vaping. 

People who wanted more from their devices made modifications to them that resulted in significant advancements. Things like refillable cartomizers, sub-ohm vaping, and squonking were all innovations introduced by vapers. 

Many vapers continue in this tradition as they build and mount their coils rather than using pre-made, stock coils. The DIY ethos does not only apply to coils, though. 

People also make their vape juice, as all the base ingredients are readily available, and vapers can adjust them to their tastes. 

One reason to do all this is to save money. People can buy the basics of coil building like resistance wire, wick material, tools, and accessories, and save on the costs of having to buy new coils every week or two weeks. The one caveat about building coils or making e-juice is that a person needs to have a specific skill set and knowledge about what they are doing.

Building coils is not as simple as it looks. People need to know the right resistance wire to use and the correct battery voltage to apply to the wire. If they get it wrong or they do not do it properly, a malfunctioning vape could not only lead to a bad experience but a dangerous one. 

Look For Deals

Vape deals are all over the internet. Online retailers offer them, so do vape reviewers and bloggers. The savings can apply to all kinds of vaping gear from vape mods, tanks, and coils to e-juice, pod mods, and refillable cartridges. 

There are a lot of ways to save, like buying used or clearance items or choosing to get older models that are still in good working order. 

Do It Yourself

A strong DIY (do-it-yourself) current runs through all of vaping. 

People who wanted more from their devices made modifications to them that resulted in significant advancements. Things like refillable cartomizers, sub-ohm vaping, and squonking were all innovations introduced by vapers. 

Many vapers continue in this tradition as they build and mount their coils rather than using pre-made, stock coils. The DIY ethos does not only apply to coils, though. 

People also make their vape juice, as all the base ingredients are readily available, and vapers can adjust them to their tastes. 

One reason to do all this is to save money. People can buy the basics of coil building like resistance wire, wick material, tools, and accessories, and save on the costs of having to buy new coils every week or two weeks. The one caveat about building coils or making e-juice is that a person needs to have a specific skill set and knowledge about what they are doing.

Building coils is not as simple as it looks. People need to know the right resistance wire to use and the correct battery voltage to apply to the wire. If they get it wrong or they do not do it properly, a malfunctioning vape could not only lead to a bad experience but a dangerous one. 

Look For Deals

Vape deals are all over the internet. Online retailers offer them, so do vape reviewers and bloggers. The savings can apply to all kinds of vaping gear from vape mods, tanks, and coils to e-juice, pod mods, and refillable cartridges. 

There are a lot of ways to save, like buying used or clearance items or choosing to get older models that are still in good working order. 

Conclusion: Adding Up All the Costs

Like any other habit vaping takes its mean amount. But is it a sin to buy for joy? Spending about $100 per month on guilty pleasure people often reward them. And vaping is one of the least harmful ones. 

Have you made all the calculations? Have you thought about the costs of vaping over smoking cigarettes, marijuana, or CBD? Do you think it makes financial sense to switch to vaping? Do you think it will be healthier to vape than to smoke? Let us know your questions, comments, concerns, and anything else in the comments section below. 

Like any other habit vaping takes its mean amount. But is it a sin to buy for joy? Spending about $100 per month on guilty pleasure people often reward them. And vaping is one of the least harmful ones. 

Have you made all the calculations? Have you thought about the costs of vaping over smoking cigarettes, marijuana, or CBD? Do you think it makes financial sense to switch to vaping? Do you think it will be healthier to vape than to smoke? Let us know your questions, comments, concerns, and anything else in the comments section below. 

Published: December 13, 2019 Updated: March 19, 2020


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