The Association of Convenience Stores is backing Labour calls for a proxy ban on tobacco sales.

Shadow health minister Luciana Berger this week called for fines of £5,000 to be introduced for adults who buy cigarettes for children.

The ACS said proxy purchasing for tobacco should be brought in line with alcohol. “Retailers are currently faced with different rules for different age-restricted products and are not supported by the law when attempting to tackle the purchase of tobacco for minors,” said ACS CEO James Lowman.

“Retailers need a joined-up approach from government, local authorities and Trading Standards.”