Now seems like a good time to make the switch…
The New York Minimum Wage Act (Article 19 of the New York State Labor Law) requires that all employees in the state of New York receive at least the applicable hourly Minimum wage rate. Per New York State Department of Labor General Minimum Wage Rate Schedule, minimum wage rates increase on an annual basis.
The last time New York City workers saw a minimum wage rate change was on December 31st, 2016, increasing what was once a $9.00 an hour base rate to $11.00 per hour (NYC – Large Employers of 11 or more). The next rate change is scheduled to take effect on December 31st of 2017, increasing the minimum wage rate to $13.00 an hour. Exactly the same amount of money cigarette users in New York City will have to dish out for a pack of smokes in the coming year.
That’s right. New York City is boosting the price of a pack of cigarettes from $10.50 to $13.00, in its ongoing crackdown on smoking. And while the hike is set to take effect June 1st of 2018, there is no better time than NOW to make the switch to vaping.
According to studies, there is 1 mg of nicotine absorbed with each cigarette smoked (based on a median average). The total absorbed amount of nicotine in a single cigarette is relatively constant, which means you can safely assume that with a 20-pack of cigarettes you will be absorbing roughing 20mg of nicotine.
Now, the average smoker goes through about 1.5 to 2 packs per day. For simplicity, let’s go with 2 packs per day. At 2 packs per day with each pack of cigarettes being equivalent to 20 mg of nicotine, again we can assume that the average smoker absorbs about 40mg of nicotine on a daily basis. With the new cigarette legislature underway, it will cost a NYC cigarette user an extra five dollars to maintain his or her nicotine intake, nearly half of what most folks make in an hour of work.
While I am not here to pigeonhole those who enjoy cigarettes, I am here to advocate why vaping is a far, far better method of getting your nicotine intake without breaking the bank or smelling up that nice new button up you just bought from Banana Republic. I love BR!
Here’s where your hard-earned dollars could be better spent:
Did you know…
… the consumption rates for vaping nicotine infused e juices are a bit lower than with cigarettes. Earlier, we said that 1 mg of nicotine was absorbed with each cigarette. This number is actually 0.95mg, but I suck at math, which is why I rounded up to one. With vaping, Dr. Farsalonis states that the consumption rate for e juice with nicotine is 0.89 mg, not far from the absorption rate of cigarettes. So again, for simplicity, let’s just say that vaping and cigarettes yield the same nicotine intake.
So, where is this all going? Here’s where.
People who smoke will tell you how much it costs to maintain the habit. At just 2 packs per day, you’re easily looking at a daily expense of over 20 bucks! A weekly expense of $140 bucks! And a monthly expense of nearly 600 dollars! (And that’s not including your dry-cleaning expense).
With vaping, a 30-mL bottle of e juice from Mt Baker Vapor will cost any vaper, (in most states) only $7.99, no matter the nicotine dosage. With the average vaper going through a 30-mL bottle every three days, you will be pleasantly surprised by how much you’ll save.