Eastern Maine Medical Center Earns Gold Star for Tackling Tobacco Use


Tobacco-Award-Photo.JPGOne in five Mainers is at risk of experiencing a shorter lifespan and lower quality of life because of tobacco use. Eastern Maine Medical Center is leading the way in reducing the significant impact of tobacco in our communities, and was recently recognized for its efforts with a Gold Star from the Center for Tobacco independence’s Breathe Easy Coalition.

“Eastern Maine Medical Center is committed to decreasing tobacco’s burden by prohibiting its use on our campuses, encouraging annual screening, providing education, and referring patients and employees to effective treatment resources,” says Donna Russell-Cook, FACHE, president, Eastern Maine Medical Center. “We know that quitting tobacco is an important step toward improving health, and we are here to help patients and employees who want to take this important step.”

At Eastern Maine Medical Center, information about tobacco cessation is available, advertising and promotion of tobacco products is not permitted in publications in its facilities, and clinical services are available for all patients who use tobacco.

Eastern Maine Medical Center was awarded a plaque at a special ceremony held in late September. The award ceremony provided an opportunity for hospitals to share successes and challenges of their efforts to create smoke and tobacco-free campus environments and support and encourage tobacco-free lifestyles.

“We applaud the ongoing efforts of Maine hospitals to address tobacco use and exposure by meeting the Gold Star Standards,” says Sarah Mayberry of the MaineHealth Center for Tobacco Independence, the organization that awards Gold Star status. “Tobacco use continues to be the leading cause of preventable disease and death in Maine and the United States. The recognized hospitals are taking important steps to address this issue for patients, staff, and the community.”

If you or a family member is trying to quit using tobacco products and needs support, contact your primary care provider or the Maine Tobacco Helpline at 1-800-207-1230.