CVS Cigarettes Ban
ONE OF THE BIGGEST PHARMACY CHAINS IN THE COUNTRY IS CALLING IT QUITS…TO TOBACCO.
C-V-S WILL STOP SELLING ALL TOBACCO PRODUCTS FROM ITS 7600 STORES BY OCTOBER FIRST.
(Helena Foulkes): "This positions us really toward where healthcare is going because we know that the sale of tobacco is extremely inconsistent with being a healthcare provider."
THE MOVE WILL COST C-V-S 2-BILLION DOLLARS AS IT TRANSITIONS TO BECOME MORE OF A HEALTH CARE COMPANY FOCUSING ON MINUTE CLINICS AND PHAMACY SERVICES.
(MOS): “I think it’s great…um, I think it’s kind of innovative and is a step in the right direction.”
(MOS): “It’s truly awesome, I actually am…um…impressed.”
(Stand Up): “However, some consumers wonder if candy, salty snacks or alcohol will be next go sense they are considered bad for your health as well.”
DR. VEN-NYE-AK JAH WITH THE GEORGE WASHINGTON SCHOOL OF MEDICINE SAYS IT’S LIKE COMPARING APPLES TO ORANGES.
(Dr. Vinayak Jha): “The harm caused by those products alone themselves pales to comparison to harm caused by cigarettes.”
WHILE OTHER PHARMACIES MAY BE UNDER PRESSURE TO FOLLOW SUIT, C-V-S SAYS IT’S LEADING THE WAY.
LIZ NORTON IS THE WASHING THE STIGMA OF MENTAL ILLNESS AWAY.
LIZ IS A SENIOR SYSTEMS MANAGER AT THE NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS OR NA-MI, WAS DIAGNOSED WITH OBESSIVE COMPULSIVE DISORDER OR O-C-D WHEN SHE WAS 20.
(Liz Norton) “I am your classic hand washer, so germ and contamination-phobic.”
THE REALITY OF O-C-D BEGAN TO SET IN FOR THE 32-YEAR OLD AS SHE REALIZED SHE BE STUCK WITH THIS ILLNESS FOR THE REST OF HER LIFE.
(Liz Norton) “I still felt pretty crappy a lot, you know, you know I wasn’t suicidal and didn’t know if I wanted to feel being gross or yucky of the rest of my life.”
ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MENTAL HEALTH, ABOUT 2-POINT-2 MILLION AMERICAN ADULTS ARE DIAGNOSED WITH O-C-D.
IN ADDITION, ONE THIRD OF THOSE ADULTS DEVELOP SYMPTOMS AS CHILDREN.
DOCTOR JAY GEED WITH N-I-M-H SAYS ONE THE STRUGGLES WITH THE BRAIN FOR O-C-D PATIENTS IS THE MIXED MESSAGING.
(Dr. Jay Geed) “The connection between the front part of the brain and the structures toward the center brain, the communication is broken down. So we have a message that says that’s clean enough, we checked that enough times, we don’t have to keep doing that. But that message is not communicated between the central parts of the brain and the front part.”
HOWEVER, THE STIGMA OF MENTAL ILLNESS STILL LINGERS.
IN THE APRIL JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS, 10-PERCENT OF PEDIATRIC HOSPITALIZATIONS WERE PRIMARILY FOR MENTAL DISORDERS.
Darcy Gruttadoro “I find the study concerning in the sense, that it’s overly high percentage children being hospitalized or accessing hospital level of services. To me it suggests there may not be enough services in the community for families.”
FOR SOME THE RESOURCES ARE NOT THERE BUT FOR LIZ THE SUPPORT WAS.
“I had a supportive family that believed mental illness was real and that it was just an illness we needed to treat.”
IN WASHINGTON...KEITH BRYANT NBC NEWS.