Tax 'em if they chew 'em

Every Pennsylvania lawmaker got a copy of the following full-page ad run by the Pa. Alliance to Control Tobacco this week in the Harrisburg Patriot News. It makes for good reading for those lawmakers who typically are tax-averse in the extreme.

The ad makes the compelling case that smokeless tobacco products should be taxed as a means of discouraging their use, since they're both addictive and harmful. That's been Gov. Rendell's sound policy for years.

And right about now the also could use the money to help balance its budget.

The advocacy group was founded in 2001 by the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association and American Lung Association.