Sir, I welcome the discussions ­taking place within the Department of Health regarding the merits of a tobacco display ban as a method of reducing youth smoking.

The Scottish Grocers' Federation (SGF) recently submitted our response to the Scottish government's consultation on tobacco display regulations. The draft regulations proposed in Scotland set out a different and more restrictive approach to ­display than in other UK ­administrations, with the end result being Scottish retailers getting a raw deal.

SGF understands the need to stop young people smoking. However, good regulation should be based on robust evidence, which a tobacco display ban is not.

SGF is calling for parity with ­other UK administrations and urges the Scottish government to reconsider its draconian regulations.

John Drummond, chief executive, SGF