I see, the PC bit threw me. Was trying to work out what was PC about fags and booze!Items that, imo, are more luxury than basics are, seemingly, deemed essentials for today's norms.
@ORM understood, maybe it is an age thing, almost a Monty Python Yorkshire man type observations.
What is clickbait? (Joke)
Smartphones are an essential these days as society has made it that way. It is almost impossible to complete basic functions anymore (e.g. banking, applications etc.) without some internet connection and phones are cheaper than laptops/computers. Fags and booze never have been essential but have always been popular. As for TVs - everyone's had a basic TV at minimum for decades, haven't they? They are all flat screen now.
I just don't see how any of this is any different to decades past.