The Association of Convenience Stores has come out in support of the government's hard-hitting "no-proof no sale" tobacco enforcement protocol. The guidelines suggest prosecutions of shopkeepers who sell tobacco to the under-16s should be publicised as widely as possible in the press as a deterrent. The code encourages local authorities to use children to catch out shopkeepers who are not checking ID before selling cigarettes. Trading standards are encouraged to set up education programmes for local retailers on the legal obligations. ACS chief executive Trevor Dixon said: "Although this is becoming something of an aggressive naming and shaming campaign, it is right that retailers should demand to see proof of age before selling alcohol, tobacco and lottery tickets. We expect them to follow the law and refuse the sale without it." The code has been agreed with the local authorities' co-ordinating body on food and trading standards and the local government association. {{NEWS }}