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.

Please see the Program Timelines below for specifics for each of the 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: 2021 Application Period Closed

The 2021 Healthcare Organization application period closed on October 15, 2021, awardees will be contacted soon.

Higher Education: Spring Implementation

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

Hospitals: 2021 Application Period Closed

The 2021 Hospital application period closed on October 15, 2021, awardees will be contacted soon.