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.
The annual Gold Star Standards of Excellence timelines may be adjusted due to other programming, please stay tuned to the initiative section and newsletter announcements for specific application deadlines and celebration events.
Higher Education: Winter
Applications are normally released in January and due to Breathe Easy in February prior to a celebration event in March.
Behavioral Health: Spring
Applications are normally released in April and due to Breathe Easy in May prior to a celebration event in June.
Applications are normally released in July and due to Breathe Easy in August prior to a celebration event in September.