Browsing Archive: April, 2012

June 5th. 2012 World Environment Day

Posted by pamela mccoll on Monday, April 30, 2012,
Event at the New York Historical Society in celebration of World Environment Day.
11 am. free ebooks of the new book for attendees.
See you there.
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Baseball/smoke-free

Posted by pamela mccoll on Thursday, April 26, 2012,

pamela--

I have some game-changing news to share with you.

Today, Major League Baseball (MLB) and the players’ union announced new restrictions on the use of tobacco products on and off the field, starting with the 2012 season. While this isn't everything we had hoped for, it is an important (and historic) step in the right direction.

baseball smallIn fact, today's announcement is the first time smokeless tobacco use has ever been addressed in professional baseball!

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Canadian Children's Books

Posted by pamela mccoll on Thursday, April 26, 2012,

Toronto, ON – April 26, 2012 – To celebrate the joy of reading and the importance of sharing stories, TD Canadian Children’s Book Week will kick off May 5 with 116 free public readings held in public libraries, community centres, bookstores and local schools across Canada. More than 35,000 children are expected to participate during the annual event which is organized by The Canadian Children’s Book Centre and runs from May 5 to May 12, 2012.

The 2012 TD Canadian Children’s Bo...


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NIDA

Posted by pamela mccoll on Thursday, April 26, 2012,
I just spent an hour readiing articles on the NIDA website and I am encourged to know that there may be
advances by science that can really help people quit. This is on the frontier but it is alway amazing to
read of the efforts being made to end this very large problem that just won't go away.
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Good Game

Posted by pamela mccoll on Thursday, April 26, 2012,
Science and Practice in Action
  • The Good Behavior Game and the Future of Prevention and Treatment
    Sheppard G. Kellam, M.D., Amelia C. L. Mackenzie, B.S., C. Hendricks Brown, Ph.D., Jeanne M. Poduska, Sc.D., Wei Wang, Ph.D., Hanno Petras, Ph.D., and Holly C. Wilcox, Ph.D.
    The Good Behavior Game (GBG), a universal classroom behavior management method, was tested in first- and secondgrade classrooms in Baltimore beginning in the 1985-1986 school year. Followup at ages 19-21 found significantly l...

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Santa Claus Quits Smoking on May 31st. 2012

Posted by pamela mccoll on Wednesday, April 25, 2012,
On May 31st. 2012 Santa Claus - without doubt the most influential "character" for young impressionable young readers quits smoking his pipe.

On September 4th. 2012 the most famous poem in the English language is published less the depiction and reference to Santa engaging in smoking his pipe in the middle of the Moore family's living room. Good-bye second hand smoke - which can linger and leave a health risk for up to two weeks in an enclosed area.

For 190 years through mulitudes of renditio...
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www.BooksThatFit.com

Posted by pamela mccoll on Monday, April 23, 2012,

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ELF

Posted by pamela mccoll on Monday, April 23, 2012,
I am very pleased to be working in partnership with Books That Fit and helping to bring attention to
a very important ELF - who is working hard on behalf of children across Canada. The Excellence in Literacy
Foundation - or ELF is the recipient of all affiliate fees obtained through book orders through the children's
bookstore at www.booksthatfit.com for 2012.
Check out this great organization and if you visit the the Books That Fit Bookstore to help them in their
endeavors. ExcellenceinLiteracy

ExcellenceinLi...


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Santa Smoking in the Moore's Living Room

Posted by pamela mccoll on Saturday, April 21, 2012,
Third hand smoke is the term given to the residual of tobacco smoke contaminates that settle onto objects after the cigarette has been put out.  The chemical particles remain on furniture, walls,clothing and as they interact with oxygen create in excess of 200 poisonous gases and are cancer producing.  These carcinogens continue to contaminate the space for up to two weeks after the initial nicotine delivery device has been extinguished.  It takes an enclosed environment up to two weeks to be...
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Victor Denoble

Posted by pamela mccoll on Saturday, April 21, 2012,

Philip Morris couldn't snuff out Victor DeNoble

New documentary lights up addiction scientist's story

Victor DeNoble moved to San Diego seven years ago
Victor DeNoble moved to San Diego seven years ago — John R. McCutchen
Photo of
Written by
Peter Rowe
6 p.m., Jan. 25, 2012
Updated 6 p.m. , Jan. 26, 2012

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Merrymakers Toymakers

Posted by pamela mccoll on Thursday, April 12, 2012,
www.merrymakersinc.com
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New Twas The Night Before Christmas Cover with Jacket

Posted by pamela mccoll on Wednesday, April 11, 2012,

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Here's Dasher

Posted by pamela mccoll on Wednesday, April 11, 2012,

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Picture of the Cover

Posted by pamela mccoll on Wednesday, April 11, 2012,

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Pamela McColl - Publisher

Posted by pamela mccoll on Tuesday, April 10, 2012,
Grafton and Scratch Publishing - Publisher  blogspot at pamelamccoll1 follow Pamela on facebook - pamelamccoll
 
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MerryMakers Toy Makers for Reindeer

Posted by pamela mccoll on Tuesday, April 10, 2012,
Today we received the final sample of the wonderful toy that will be sold along with the book. It is the cutest reindeer and is areplica of the character on the cover red nose and all. There is one reindeer in the book with a red nose and his name is not Rudolph and his noses does not glow. He is special nonetheless and so we have made him into a 9" soft toy and he will be ready for the holiday season of 2012.  He is very soft and has a scarf and is the best reindeer ever.  We think we will s...
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kidsbookreview

Posted by pamela mccoll on Saturday, April 7, 2012,

Spent Easter Saturday morning checking out this site out of Australia. Love their graphics and hope they take a look at Twas as it is going to be available worldwide as Atlas has reps everywhere. I would like to write a guest blog on their site and hopefully someone will review it and help get the word out there about the loss of the pipe.  I had a call from Merry Makers yesterday and the reindeer toy sample is flying here for Monday. Then it will take months to get the little character made ...


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Smoke Free Movies Support For

Posted by pamela mccoll on Thursday, April 5, 2012,
Smoke Free Movies has launched a series of print advertisements in Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and other publications. This advertisement first ran in the March 21, 2012 edition of Variety.

[National policy report, March 8, 2012]

What the U.S. Surgeon General just said about the R-rating:

“Studies have shown that movies deliver billions of images of smoking to young audiences...The evidence is sufficient to conclude that there is a causal relationship between depictions of smoking in the m...
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More Libraries than Mcdonalds in America

Posted by pamela mccoll on Thursday, April 5, 2012,
62% of Americans have a library card which is great for Earth Day idea - borrow a book and save paper.
There are 16,000 libraries in the US which is more than the number of Mcdonald's Restaurants.

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Canada's Illiteracy Crisis

Posted by pamela mccoll on Tuesday, April 3, 2012,

Canada’s Illiteracy Crisis

Literacy is becoming a luxury item in Canada. Socio-economic status and race are two of the strongest determinants for Canadian illiteracy.

Please note that these are not statistics from a developing country. These are Canadian statistics:

  • 42 % of Canadians are semi-illiterate. For the past 15 years there has been scarcely any improvement in Canada's literacy rate (The National, 05/24/06).

  • Though many believe Canada is well equipped on the literacy front, th...


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Twas - "The Most Famous Poem in the English Language."

Posted by pamela mccoll on Tuesday, April 3, 2012,

Over three million books were published in the US in 2010 ( from available Bowker reports 2011). In addtion hundreds of thousands of English-language books are published each year outside the US. Book industry sales are declining and adult nonfiction print unit book sales peaked in 2007 and have declined each year since then ( Publishers Weekly Jan.12 2012)  Similiarly, bookstore sales peaked in 2007 and have fallen each year since then. ( Publishers Weekly Feb. 14 2012).
Despite skyrocketing...


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+Pamela McColl

Posted by pamela mccoll on Tuesday, April 3, 2012,

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Last set of q and a for now

Posted by pamela mccoll on Sunday, April 1, 2012,

 

1)      Rango, Babar, Madeline, Curious George, Three Little Bears, Frosty the Snowman. They are amongst many popular children’s tales that reference or have been illustrated to reference smoking. Do the copyright owners of these works have a responsibility to sanitize their stories to rid them of any smoking references?  

 

 It is a question of doing what you believe is important and what you believe will make a difference – even if it is a small thing.  I believe we all have a role...


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Additional q and a

Posted by pamela mccoll on Sunday, April 1, 2012,

1)      You say you would like to see books with depictions of smoking or references to tobacco in children’s libraries to have warnings or a sticker attached, to make parents aware before they open the book. Isn’t that a form of censorship?  Education and awareness is one thing and bans and censorship are another. I would like to see less people smoke, I would like to fewer children start.  It will take one generation to not start – to turn their backs on tobacco and nicotine for there...


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more q and a

Posted by pamela mccoll on Sunday, April 1, 2012,

 

1)      Why does Twas the Night before Christmas still fascinate children today?

 

It is the anticipation of Santa’s arrival and of course the decorations and the presents, but it is the magic and wonder of it, the creativity and coming together of family and friends.   It is a wonderfully creative story and full of flying reindeer that can be called by name. It has a lovely flow to the language and imagery.  I asked the illustrators to add many animal images in the outdoor scenes as w...


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question and answers

Posted by pamela mccoll on Sunday, April 1, 2012,

 

 

1)      Pamela, why do you feel that it’s acceptable or necessary to alter a classic story?

 

By the very definition of “classic” – the work needs to stand the test of time and if this book is to

remain at the very heart of holiday family reading it is my opinion that this change needed to be made to secure its place on the shelf for generations to come.

 

There isn’t a parent or grandparent who wants to see their children smoking and they may well cast aside a book tha...


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Pamela Mccoll - Publisher's Bio

Posted by pamela mccoll on Sunday, April 1, 2012,

Pamela McColl

Biography

 

A children’s advocate and smoking cessation coach, Pamela McColl is releasing a smoke-free version of the classic Twas The Night Before Christmas.

 

She handles sales and marketing for Allen Carr North America, whose book, The Easy Way To Stop Smoking, is a best-seller with over 13 million copies sold worldwide. His program has helped influence millions of people  to quit smoking, including Ellen DeGeneres, Ashton Kutcher, Anthony Hopkins, a...


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Media

Posted by pamela mccoll on Sunday, April 1, 2012,

 Santa Quits Smoking In New Edition   

    Of Best-Selling Christmas Classic

 

 

 

 

A new edition of the timeless classic children’s book, Twas The Night Before Christmas, is being released amidst controversy. The version being published by child advocate Pamela McColl has edited out references of Santa smoking a pipe. It raises the question: Should we alter a best-selling institution under any circumstances, even when doing so may save lives? It also puts a spotlight on the preventi...


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Rests the Future

Posted by pamela mccoll on Sunday, April 1, 2012,

 

Why is it so important to help our kids not start smoking?

Tobacco use will eventually kill 32% of current 15 year old smokers. Each day 3,500 American children will try their first cigarette. About 850 of these first time users will eventually become daily smokers of whom 50% will die a premature death from a tobacco related disease.  A person who has not started by that age 19 is unlikely to ever start smoking or use illicit drugs.  Tobacco is a gateway drug.

The World Health Organiz...


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Most famous poem in the English language

Posted by pamela mccoll on Sunday, April 1, 2012,
When I was researching this book production I knew it was popular but I did not realize until I read
a book called Christmas A Candid History did I realize that it was the most famous in the English language. It was written
in 1822 and published for the first time the following year on Christmas Eve. It is a New York poem.
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Books That Fit

Posted by pamela mccoll on Sunday, April 1, 2012,

 The children’s books that fit on my crowded bookshelves are ones that have either travelled with me these past fifty odd years and are valuable friends more than inanimate objects just collecting dust. At some point in my reading career they arrived just to time to encourage, delight or offer me new and possibly needed wisdom to further my adventuring. Other books that fit on the shelves are newer acquisitions that were simply an irristable purchase intended for a future grandchild or chil...


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May 31st. World No Tobacco Day

Posted by pamela mccoll on Sunday, April 1, 2012,
We were going to launch the book on May 31st. 2012 in conjunction with the World Health Organizations No Tobacco Day but we have now changed the date of release to September 4th. so that it will be included in holiday books for children.
Advance not for resale copies will be available for May 31st. 2012 in limited quantity and will be provided to the media, to select book reviews and on view at the major shows including Book Expo New York June 5-8th. and during New York Book Week. I as the pu...
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