Smokers in Gedling borough who have switched to vaping save on average £346.32 a year after kicking their cigarette habit, a new report has revealed.
Researchers who carried out a detailed study found the financial implications of buying packets of fags is one of the main consideration for those who now vape instead.
As well as saving cash, smelling better and no longer having smoker’s cough were also hailed as reasons why people have switched.
The £346-a-head figure means the 3.2million people who vape are a collective £1.1 billion better off, according to the report.
Other positives of abandoning cigarettes include having better teeth and breathing easier, according to research.
The research was commissioned by the UK Vaping Industry Association (UKVIA) and mark the beginning of VApril, the brand’s vaping awareness campaign.
TV doctor Christian Jessen, who is supporting the campaign, said: “There are now over three million vapers in the UK who have made that life changing decision to switch from smoking.
“But yet, according to Public Health England, an incredible 40 per cent of smokers have never even tried vaping.
“VApril aims to change this by encouraging more smokers to consider making that switch to a far less harmful alternative.”
The research also found since saving cash, many vapers have saved up for a holiday and put money into a savings account.
E-cigarettes have proved a huge help with giving up smoking, with the report revealing before this option existed many smokers would have never been able to quit.
Before vaping, other popular tried and tested methods were revealed as nicotine patches, medication and going cold turkey.
John Dunne, a director at the UKVIA, said: “The research highlights there are so many life-changing benefits to switching to vaping, more than just our health, from money to enjoying family time.
“It also highlights just how much of a financial effect giving up smoking has on an individual.
“It’s impactful on someone’s appearance as it helps them feel less conscious about their smell, teeth and skin.
“Our VApril campaign wants to emphasise the best things about making the change from cigarettes to vaping and help smokers quit for good.”
* Smokers can download a special Switch on to Vaping Plan at www.vapril.org. The Plan is based on the experiences of former smokers who have used vaping to quit smoking.