Sir, National Federation of Retail Newsagents members believe proposals put forward by a Labour health spokesman at the Scottish Parliament to allow young test purchasers to lie about their age and encourage shop assistants to sell them tobacco are a step too far. The morality of using children to lie must be brought into question.

If any change is to be made it should be to make proxy purchasing and the purchase or possession of tobacco by someone under the legal age a crime.

Jim Maitland, chairman, Scottish NFRN legal and parliamentary committee