Santa Quits Smoking in New Edition of Best-Selling Christmas Classic
A fresh release of the classic children’s book, Twas The Night Before Christmas, is being published amidst controversy. Child advocate Pamela McColl has published records of Santa smoking a pipe, something he has been doing for 189 years. This record raises the question: Are people required to change a best-selling institution, particularly when in doing so may save lives?
“The purpose of the record is to protect the future of the most popular poem in the English language and to focus on what can be done to help avoid youth from using smoking,” says McColl. “The poem has had a “haircut” in order for it not to become obsolete.” The removed verse is the following:
“The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth, and the smoke, it encircled his head like a wreath.”
McColl says that if people understand the risks of smoking and limit children’s exposure to this addictive drug is a positive move.
McColl’s book has already gained major media in her homeland of Canada.
It was in reply to attract numbers that McColl took action:
– 88 percent of adults who smoke cigarettes every day say that they took up smoking at the age of 18.
– Each day in the U.S. 3,800 young people under age 18 become daily cigarette smokers.
McColl started smoking cigarettes when she was a teenager but quitted years later. She says that it is necessary a social treatment, an effort at parental, governmental, media, corporate levels, and smokers to get rid of smoking habit.
McColl’s aims and idea are quite obvious:
-To suggest modifications that better secure children against the risks of smoking.
-To produce more information to parents, grandparents, and teachers about the impact on children of smoking depictions in media, books, movies, videos, television.
-To approve reforms to reduce children’s exposure to pictures of smoking.
“The omission of these few phrases do not alter the material purpose of the author nor do they infringe on the reader’s realizing or enjoyment of the story,” adds McColl. “The best method to respect Santa and this story is to make him smoke-free.”
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