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Gold Star Standards of Excellence

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About the Program

The Breathe Easy Coalition of Maine conducts the Gold Star Standards of Excellence recognition program annually to encourage and support Maine’s  hospitals and institutions of higher education in addressing smoking and tobacco use by creating and maintaining smoke and tobacco-free policies.  The voluntary program is ten evidence-based, environment-specific standards for organizations to meet through written, sustainable policies and procedures.

Hospitals and colleges/universities are committed to providing as healthy and safe of an environment as possible for their patients, students, faculty, staff and visitors, this program gives these organizations recognition for leading the way by supporting tobacco-free environments.

For more information on the Gold Star Standards of Excellence Programs and past award recipients please visit the Maine Tobacco-Free Hospital Network and Maine Tobacco-Free College Network websites.