The cost of cigarettes in NZ isn’t getting any cheaper. In fact, it’s only getting more expensive, so there’s probably never been a better time to think about making the switch from smoking to vaping.
So, what does a packet of cigarettes cost in NZ?
The average cost of cigarettes in NZ is now $34.50 for a pack of 20. And depending on how many cigarettes you smoke and how often you smoke, this can add up quickly over a week, a month and a year.
Let’s break it down for you. If you were to smoke a pack of cigarettes every day, it would cost you over $12,500 per year. If you smoke 10 cigarettes a day that’s over $6000 per year.
How much has the cost increased in recent years, and how much will it continue to increase?
The cost increase has been on an upward trend for some time. Between 2012 and 2022, the average price for a pack of 20 cigarettes went from $14.90 to $34.50 - that’s a 132% increase.
So, the question is, will you save a lot of money switching to vaping from smoking?
Yes. Even with the initial setup cost and the ongoing costs of vaping it’s still a lot more economical.
First things first, you need to buy an e cigarette device. When it comes to choosing a device, a closed pod system often costs less than an open pod system and a closed pod system has fewer parts to maintain and purchase.
Once you have a closed pod device, you’ll only need to spend on replacement eLiquid pods.
What is the cost breakdown?
A Vuse ePod 2 vape pen costs $9.99. This, along with a pack of Vuse eLiquid pods is all you need to get started. If you're thinking of switching from smoking to vaping, we’d recommend you try our Golden Tobacco eLiquid flavour, it’s $9.99 for a pack of 2 pods (all other Vuse flavours are $13.99). Golden Tobacco is the preferred flavour for those who have recently made the switch from smoking to vaping.
Or if you’re feeling more adventurous, there’s a great variety of different Vuse flavours to choose from.
How often do you need to buy a new vape device and pods?
A Vuse ePod device has a 12-month warranty. How often you need to buy a pack of pods will depend on how often you vape. Each Vuse eLiquid pod delivers approximately 275 puffs. This may vary depending on your vaping behaviour.
Try our cost savings calculator to see how much you could save.
To find out just how much you could save by making the switch to Vuse, use our Cost Savings Calculator tool. Tell us what type of tobacco you smoke (cigarettes or roll your own) and how often, and we’ll tell you just how much you could save if you made the switch to vaping today. It could be up to $5000 a year. Imagine what you could do with that much money back in your wallet.
What are some of the other benefits?
When it comes to smoking vs vaping, the biggest benefit of all is your health. A 2019 study from the University of Dundee, published by the Journal of the American College of Cardiologyconcluded that long-term cigarette smokers who switch to e cigarettes could significantly improve their vascular health.
The two-year trial found that smokers (both male and female) who switched to e cigarettes demonstrated a significant improvement in their vascular health within one month. The study also found that participants who transitioned exclusively from smoking to vaping achieved greater improvement in their vascular health compared to those who continued to use both tobacco cigarettes and e cigarettes.
The study also noted that there is no evidence from the work carried out to make a statement stating that electronic cigarettes are safe and that it should never be viewed as harmless to try by non-smokers. The study only provides some new evidence that electronic cigarettes may be a less harmful alternative to tobacco cigarettes from a vascular perspective.
If you are worried about the effects of smoking on your health, the best option is to quit smoking and vaping altogether. If you are not currently a smoker, we recommend that you do not start to smoke or vape at all.
Are you ready to make the switch?
Explore the range of high-quality e cigarettes and eLiquids that Vuse has to offer today. The Vuse ePod 2 vape pen is available in a range of premium colours and is simple and easy to use - just click a pre-filled eLiquid pod in place and you’re good to go.
We have a great selection of nicotine salt eLiquids available in a variety of different flavours, from classic tobacco and menthol to fresh and fruity flavour combinations. Our eLiquid pods come in several different nicotine strengths so you can find the level that works for you.
 Recommended Retail Price Lists 2012-2022.
 Based on smoking a pack of 20 cigarettes a day (365 days) at $34.50 per pack.
 George J, Hussain M, Vadiveloo T, et al. Cardiovascular Effects of Switching From Tobacco Cigarettes to Electronic Cigarettes. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2019 Dec, 74 (25) 3112–3120.https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jacc.2019.09.067