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We’re now a nation for the vaping e-cigarettes generation

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We’re now a nation for the vaping e-cigarettes generation

THE growing popularity of e-cigarettes has seen them added to the basket of goods used to calculate UK inflation.

Sales of ‘craft’ beer made by speciality and micro breweries will also be included thanks to growing demand and presence on store shelves. However, satnav systems are being removed, as many drivers now navigate using smartphones and some new cars have inbuilt satnav.

The Office for National Statistics includes 703 items in the latest basket of goods and services making up the Consumer Price Index. Changes in the index are used to measure inflation, which is at an all-time low of 0.3 per cent.

A substantial number of smokers are switching to electronic cigarettes as they try to quit, while a recent study shows popularity of the vaporisers is boosting the number of high street tobacconist shops. Also new to the price index basket are music streaming services such as Spotify, online console computer game subscriptions, headphones, mobile phone accessories and protein powders — popular among some gym users.

Contents of the basket, and the weight placed on them when calculating inflation, are updated yearly. The changes are designed to reflect shifts {in consumer behaviour caused by price or by longer-term trends. The new basket has 13 new items, while eight were dropped.

Coming off the list are foreign exchange commissions – as more Britons use their bank cards abroad rather than change currency here — yoghurt drinks due to falling sales, and frozen pizza, replaced by more popular chilled pizza.

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