Public health minister Yvette Cooper has launched a new set of guidelines, developed with the Department of Trade and Industry with support from trading standards officers and local authorities, to 'get tough' on shop-keepers who sell cigarettes to under-age children. The tobacco enforcement protocol sets out best practice on issues such as using children to test whether shopkeepers will sell cigarettes to under-16s. It also sets out recommendations encouraging local authorities to develop clear statements on dealing with under-age sales of tobacco and taking measures to detect and prevent them.