Nightly News   |  December 11, 2012

Publisher’s decree: No smoking for Santa

A Canadian publisher has sparked controversy by publishing a new version of ‘The Night Before Christmas’ that leaves out the paragraph about the stump of Santa’s pipe and the smoke that ‘encircles his head like a wreath.’ NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

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>>> a canadian woman has stirred up controversy by publishing a new version of the book "' twas the night before christmas " in which santa has no pipe. her version leaves out the paragraph that reads, "the stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth and the smoke encircled his head like a leath." pamela mccall of vancouver, the publisher of this version is under attack for it but feels strong blitz anti-smoking message because she said she had to rescue her own father when his cigarette lit the bed on fire back when she was 18.