Costs of vaping: evidence from ITC Four Country Smoking and Vaping Survey
AuthorCheng, K-W; Shang, C; Lee, HM; Chaloupka, FJ; Fong, GT; Borland, R; Heckman, BW; Hitchman, SC; O'Connor, RJ; Levy, DT; ...
Source TitleTobacco Control
PublisherBMJ PUBLISHING GROUP
University of Melbourne Author/sBorland, Ronald
AffiliationMelbourne School of Psychological Sciences
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsCheng, K. -W., Shang, C., Lee, H. M., Chaloupka, F. J., Fong, G. T., Borland, R., Heckman, B. W., Hitchman, S. C., O'Connor, R. J., Levy, D. T. & Cummings, K. M. (2021). Costs of vaping: evidence from ITC Four Country Smoking and Vaping Survey. TOBACCO CONTROL, 30 (1), pp.94-97. https://doi.org/10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2019-055344.
Access StatusOpen Access
Open Access at PMChttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7507861
NHMRC Grant codeNHMRC/1106451
STUDY OBJECTIVES: To compare the prices paid for nicotine vaping products (NVPs) and supplies among current NVP users to prices paid for cigarettes among current smokers. DATA: The 2016 International Tobacco Control Four Country Vaping and Smoking Survey (4CV1). Key measures included: (1) self-reported prices paid for reusable NVPs (eg, rechargeable devices with cartridges and tank system devices with e-liquids) in the 3-month period prior to the survey among current NVP users, (2) prices paid for disposable NVPs, cartridges and e-liquids purchased in the last 30 days among current NVP users and (3) self-reported prices paid for cigarettes among current smokers. RESULTS: Disposable NVP price was higher than the price of a comparable unit for combustible cigarettes in England (EN), USA and Canada (CA). Prefilled cartridge price was higher than the price of a comparable unit of cigarettes in USA and CA, but lower in EN and Australia. E-liquid price was consistently lower than the price of a comparable unit of cigarettes across four countries. For start-up costs, price of a rechargeable device is approximately 3-5 times higher than a pack of cigarettes in four countries. CONCLUSION: NVP prices were generally higher than prices of combustible cigarettes, especially the high upfront NVP devices. The high upfront costs of purchasing a reusable NVP may discourage some smokers from switching to vaping. However, the average lower costs of cartridges and e-liquids relative to a package of cigarettes make switching to a NVP an attractive alternative to smoking in the long term so long as smokers switch completely to vaping.
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