Gold Star Standards of Excellence

Breathe Easy conducts the Gold Star Standards of Excellence recognition program annually to encourage and support Maine’s hospitals, 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 is ten evidence-based, environment-specific standards for organizations to meet through written, sustainable policies and procedures.

Hospitals, 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.

Nominate an Individual or Program as a Gold Star Champion: In addition to recognizing organizations and institutions for their progress in the tobacco-free movement, we also want to acknowledge the individual champions of smoke and tobacco-free policies and lifestyles. Please nominate any individual(s), program or unique approaches that should be publicly recognized.

Please see the Program Timelines below for specifics for each of the three environments, for additional information, including the latest standards are available through the environment specific links.

Annual Program Implementation:

Behavioral Health: Application Period Now Open

Applications for the spring 2021 awards program are now open and are due on May 7, 2021. Additional information about the 2021 Standards can be found on the Behavioral Health page.  The application period for Behavioral Health mini grants has opened, applications are being accepted now through May 7, 2021.

Nominate an Individual or Program as a Gold Star Champion: Please nominate any individual(s), program or unique approaches that should be publicly recognized during our annual conference.  Find more information and application on the Behavioral Health page.

Healthcare: Fall Implementation

Congratulations to the 2020 Healthcare GSSE Awardees announced on 11/16/20 – visit our Awardees page for additional information.

Higher Education: Application Period Now Open

Applications for the spring 2021 awards program are now open and are due on May 7, 2021. Additional information about the 2021 Standards can be found on the Higher Education page. 

Nominate an Individual or Program as a Gold Star Champion: Please nominate any individual(s), program or unique approaches that should be publicly recognized during our annual conference. find more information and application on the Higher Education page

Hospitals: Fall Implementation

Congratulations to the 2020 Hospital GSSE Awardees announced on 11/16/20 – visit our Awardees page for additional information.