Gold Star Standards of Excellence

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

Hospitals, healthcare organizations, institutions of higher education and behavioral health organizations are committed to providing as healthy and safe of an environment as possible for their patients, students, faculty, clients, staff and visitors, this program gives these organizations recognition for leading the way by supporting tobacco-free environments. Those organizations who have received awards in past years are encouraged to reapply for continued recognition and ongoing commitment to addressing smoking and tobacco use.

Program Implementation:

Starting in the spring of 2023, Breathe Easy will combine the fall and spring recognition programs into one annual comprehensive recognition program. Creating one annual recognition program will strengthen the unification and integration of addressing smoking and tobacco use throughout Maine’s hospitals, healthcare organizations, behavioral health organizations and institutions of higher education.

Read more about this program adjustment.

Please continue to visit our website for program updates as we approach 2023. Please follow newsletter and social media channels (FacebookInstagram and Twitter) for additional information.

Questions? Contact [email protected] and we would be happy to assist you.