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.

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: Spring Implementation

Congratulations to the 2021 Behavioral Health GSSE Awardees announced in June 2021 – visit our Awardees page for additional information.

Healthcare: Fall Implementation

Congratulations to the 2020 Healthcare GSSE Awardees announced in November 2021 – visit our Awardees page for additional information.

Higher Education: Spring Implementation

Congratulations to the 2021 Higher Education GSSE Awardees announced in June 2021 – visit our awardees page for additional information.

Hospitals: Fall Implementation

Congratulations to the 2020 Hospital GSSE Awardees announced in November 2021 – visit our Awardees page for additional information.