Pamela McColl

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Pamela McColl
Alma materUniversity of Manitoba
Occupation(s)Entrepreneur, advocate

Pamela McColl is a Canadian publishing entrepreneur[1] and advocate of children's issues and smoking cessation, best known for releasing a smoke-free version of the classic Twas The Night Before Christmas.[2]


She has been published in the Birth Institute journal on the smoking cessation and the use of marijuana in pregnancy.[3][4] She is a director on the advisory council of the national not-for-profit corporation Smart Approaches to Marijuana Canada.[5][6] In 2015, she compiled the book On Marijuana – a powerful examination of what marijuana use means for our children, our communities and our future, a collection of essays and articles from those who oppose increasing the availability of and access to cannabis.[7]

She is the publisher of seven books, including Pacific Spirit: The Forest Reborn, which United States Senator Frank Murkowski, the chair of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, labelled as “one of the most important works on forest management” in recent years.[8]

McColl's company Grafton and Scratch Publishing published Baby and Me Tobacco Free, which she co-authored with Laurie Adams. It also published her new, "smoke-free" version of Twas The Night Before Christmas, which attracted attention from news outlets in several countries, including The New York Post,[9] Huffington Post,[10] CBC Radio,[11] The Scotsman,[12] and The Telegraph.[13] Stephen Colbert mentioned the book on his show, commenting, "Santa can't quit smoking, he needs that vice".[14] The book won several awards, including three Benjamin Franklin Book Awards from the Independent Book Publisher's Association,[15] and a Moonbeam Children’s Book Award.[16]


  1. ^ "Santa Claus Forced to Quit Smoking During His Most Stressful Season" Vanity Fair. Retrieved 2014-6-22.
  2. ^ "Santa Quits Smoking In New Edition Of Best-Selling Christmas Classic" Boston Globe. Retrieved 2014-6-22.
  3. ^ "Quit Smoking During Pregnancy! For A Healthy Mom And Baby" Birth Institute. Retrieved 2014-6-22.
  4. ^ "Marijuana And Pregnancy: What Are The Risks?" Birth Institute. Retrieved 2014-6-22.
  5. ^ "New Canadian Marijuana Policy Group, Smart Approaches to Marijuana Canada (SAMC), Officially Launches in Ottawa on March 4th, 2014." Reuters. Retrieved 2014-6-22.
  6. ^ "'The Bud Busters': Surrey teens protest marijuana legalization at Vancouver's annual 4/20 event" The Province. Retrieved 2015-4-26.
  7. ^ "Andra Smith" University of Ottawa, School of Psychology. Retrieved 2015-4-26.
  8. ^ "Re: Endorsement of Pacific Spirit - The Forest Reborn" Retrieved 2014-6-22.
  9. ^ "Santa doesn’t smoke a pipe in PC rewrite of Twas the Night" The New York Post. Retrieved 2014-6-22.
  10. ^ "Santa Quits Smoking: 'Twas The Night Before Christmas' Loses References To Santa Smoking" Huffington Post. Retrieved 2014-6-22.
  11. ^ "Santa quits smoking in edited version of Twas the Night Before Christmas The Current. Retrieved 2014-6-22.
  12. ^ "Santa’s pipe dream up in smoke as tobacco ban on children’s classic derided" The Scotsman. Retrieved 2014-6-22.
  13. ^ "’Twas the night before Christmas... and Santa’s pipe had gone missing" The Telegraph. Retrieved 2014-6-22.
  14. ^ "No Smoking for This Santa Claus". NBC 7 San Diego. Associated Press. Retrieved April 7, 2016.
  15. ^ "2013 Benjamin Franklin Gold and Silver Award Winners". IBPA. Retrieved April 7, 2016.
  16. ^ "2012 Moonbeam Childrens Book Awards Results". Independent Publisher. Retrieved April 7, 2016.

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