Based on the basket of goods and services in the CPI, the following bullet points shows the proportion of total spending the average household expenditure makes on the items creating the controversy.
- 2.80 per cent on cigarettes and tobacco.
- 2.22 per cent on beer (memo item, 4.78 per cent on alcohol).
- 2.58 per cent on electricity.
- 3.77 per cent on medical and hospital services.
So the average household does in fact spend more on ciggies (and cigars) than electricity and spends much more on alcohol than health services. Best to give up the grog, ciggies, turn off the lights and don't get sick. That would save everyone a fortune.
Make of that what you will, but now you know.