Taxing the Smokers (More)

Tax the smokers. That's the message of this nationwide ad airing today, courtesy of the Partnership for Quality Care, which describes itself as "a labor-management partnership of health care providers and health care workers."

The federal dollars raised by increasing taxes on cigarettes would go toward subsidizing health coverage costs for people too affluent for Medicaid. More about the effort here.

Locally, it touches on two issues on which Eliot Spitzer has clearly staked out his position: covering uninsured children and not raising taxes.