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Smoking still comes cheaper than vaping e-cigarettes

Regarded as a tax advantaged product and also having lower risks than the heavily taxed tobacco cigarettes, e-cigarettes actually cost higher than conventional cigarettes in most countries, new research has found. The study exposed the fact that the gap exists despite the fact that e-cigarettes are not yet widely subjected to comparable excise taxes as combustible cigarettes. For the study, detailed in the journal Tobacco Control, the researchers from the University of Michigan in the US, compared the cost of combustible cigarettes to those for two major kinds of e-cigarettes — disposable e-cigarettes (non-refillable) and rechargeable e-cigarettes, which can be refilled with nicotine liquid. The findings showed that on an average, the price of a pack of combustible tobacco cigarettes was just over half the price of a disposable e-cigarette in 44 of 45 countries sampled around the world. While the liquid nicotine used to refill e-cigarettes can cost a couple of dollars less than a pack of regular cigarettes, the minimum price to purchase a rechargeable e-cigarette to use this liquid nicotine is more than $20. –Agencies

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