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Mon Oct 15, 2012, 04:49 PM

Drop that pipe! Santa quits smoking for Christmas

Yes, that’s right. Smoking cessation advocate Pamela McColl decided that the iconic picture of Santa puffing on his pipe in ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas was sending a bad message to kids, so she cut it out along with this verse: “The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth, and the smoke, it encircled his head like a wreath.”

McColl, who also works hard to pressure movies and media to limit depictions of smoking, has a point. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has stated that “Exposure to onscreen smoking causes youth smoking initiation” and has been actively tracking the number of incidents of tobacco use in movies in the U.S. as part of a strategic plan by The Department of Health and Human Services to reduce youth exposure to onscreen smoking.

In addition to cutting out Santa’s pipe, McColl also wants readers to know that her Santa also shows he cares about the arctic polar bears by wearing fake, not real fur. You can read all about it in the “Letter from Santa” that she includes in her books, which are available online from Grafton and Scratch Publishers at Barnes & Noble and Amazon:

“In this updated edition select lines have quietly slipped from the pages. Here at the North Pole we decided to leave all of that old tired business of smoking well behind us and I am pleased to report that we have never been healthier or happier. The reindeer asked that I confirm the fact that I have only ever worn fake fur out of respect for the endangered species that are in need of our protection, including my dear friends those arctic polar bears.”


Yet he is overweight and eats cookies left by all the kids. And he wears red (made from dyes and using materials probably gotten from China). Not to mention he enslaves reindeers and do those elves even get paid a living wage?

I say we turn the whole think over to Jack Skellington

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Mon Oct 15, 2012, 05:16 PM

1. As a practicing "Santa"

At two seminar/training events I have attended, Santa's traditional girth has been a topic of conversation, with the message to Santa that perhaps he should reduce and present a healthier image to the impressionable young 'uns. Myself, I think there is room in the world for the occasional pipe smoker as well as those of us who are hi-performers in weight gain and retention without danger of ruining the futures of children.

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Mon Oct 15, 2012, 05:22 PM

2. I can't ever remember looking at Santa and thinking

I wanna be overweight and smoking just like him!

I think people think kids are really stupid and they don't get the difference between fantasy and reality.

The folks we need to protect kids from are the ones who see them as total idiots and unable to understand basic things.

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Mon Oct 15, 2012, 05:41 PM

3. There are times...

When the child on my lap seems to be a complete believer while others the same age seem to be buying in just to make mom and dad happy! Of course, I don't worry about children and fantasy; childhood is the time for it and Santa, Tooth fairies etc. are no more harmful than things they are exposed to with deliberate intent. There is only a problem when they reach voting age and still have no attachment to reality....Then they vote republican!

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