Browsing Archive: October, 2012

Santa smoking and the impact for kids with parents that smoke.

Posted by pamela mccoll on Friday, October 26, 2012,
Dear Santa,

I would like three things for Christmas. The first thing I would like the most is for my dad to stop smoking. He wastes money on cigarettes. Now he does not even spend time with us. It can also hurt his lungs.

The second thing I would like is some perfume. It is called “so perfect”. You can get it at Macy’s in the mall for $30.00.

The third thing I want for Christmas is new earrings. They look like reindeer. You can get them at Walmart for $5.99.

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The Use of Language to Normalize and Legitimize the tobacco epidemic

Posted by pamela mccoll on Friday, October 26, 2012,
“Neglecting to discuss the industry’s role as the disease
vector in the tobacco epidemic is like refusing to discuss
the role of mosquitoes in a malaria epidemic or rats
in an outbreak of bubonic plague. From a public health
perspective, it is imperative to go to the source
of the problem.”
Dr.Rob Cushman,MD, FRCPC
Medical Officer of Health,Ottawa

Anti - is a word that the tobacco industry relishes as it links their critics with prohibitionists. 
Pro a Smoke free generation. 



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Who Highjacked Santa ?

Posted by pamela mccoll on Friday, October 19, 2012,

Who highjacked Santa? The tobacco industry's commercial exploitation of Santa to sell cigarettes are worth raising when questions are asked about your adaptation of a classic.

Go to and then Tobacco Advertising Thermes > Infants > Santa Puffing

Murad ads are dated 1920. Tareyton is from 1970 — so Santa imagery spans at least half a century of tobacco advertising.

Another way to find a set of Santa ads on this site, not quite as inc...
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New Stamps

Posted by pamela mccoll on Thursday, October 18, 2012,
U.S. POSTAL SERVICE ST. NICK / St. Nick begins navigating the nation\'s mail stream tomorrow to the tune of 750 million Santa and Sleigh Forever stamps. The stamp art was inspired by the 1823 poem by Clement C. Moore, \"A Visit from St. Nicholas,\" also known as \"The Night Before Christmas\" or \"Twas the Night Before Christmas.\" Available nationwide Saturday, Oct. 13, in booklets of 20, the stamps can be purchased online at or by calling 800-STAMP-24 (800-782-6724). (PRNewsFoto/U.S. Postal Service)

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Buzz Blog

Posted by pamela mccoll on Tuesday, October 16, 2012,

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Clement C. Moore writes: I wrote this for my children, it was never meant to be published.

Posted by pamela mccoll on Wednesday, October 10, 2012,
The poem was printed one year after it was written and it appeared anonymously. It was not until years later that Moore
 laid claim to it when he included it in an anthology of other work - all extremely different than the sentimental style of
Twas. Some scholars seriously doubt Moore wrote the poem. Many believe it was Henry Livingston's hand and that
 he is the true poet of Christmas Eve.
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Santa Sends Me An Email

Posted by pamela mccoll on Wednesday, October 10, 2012,

On Tue, Oct 9, 2012 at 8:03 AM wrote:
 I applaud you for making the edit to a classic poem by C. C.
 Moore. As a Santa that has worked in many venues around the U.S. over the
 last 14 years, I have come to realize the way that Children look at
 Santa and the need for him to be a good example for all Children. When
 I started reading the great poem to children many times throughout the year, I have
 purposefully edited the line about the pipe out of my reading. On occasion I have receive...

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When did Politically Correct become a bad thing ?

Posted by pamela mccoll on Wednesday, October 10, 2012,

Not offending people seems to still be a worthy goal - not so ?

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Moon Beam Awards Announced Twas Gold Medal Winner

Posted by pamela mccoll on Wednesday, October 10, 2012,
Twas The Night Before Christmas wins best holiday book at the Moonbeam Children's Book Awards.
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Surgeon General's Media Release March 2012 in Spanish

Posted by pamela mccoll on Wednesday, October 10, 2012,

La Cirujana General da a conocer nuevo informe sobre el tabaquismo entre los jóvenes de los EE. UU.

Jueves 8 de marzo de 2012
Contacto: Oficina de prensa de los CDC
(770) 488-5493

Más de 3.6 millones de jóvenes fuman cigarrillos

La Cirujana General de los EE. UU., la doctora Regina Benjamin, dio un impulso hoy a la lucha contra el tabaquismo entre los jóvenes con la publicación del Informe de la Cirujana General Prevención del Tabaquismo en los Jóven...

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Update October 2012 from Smoke Free Movies.

Posted by pamela mccoll on Wednesday, October 3, 2012,

See the ad at

One in a series, this Smoke Free Movies advertisement first ran on October 3, 2012, in The Hollywood Reporter and Variety.

Six major Hollywood studios just made the case for R-rating tobacco.


Reducing kids’ exposure to on-screen smoking is official, national health policy. But in 2011, reversing five years of progress, Hollywood studios boosted tobacco incidents in PG and PG-13 movies by 34% overall. And ...

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