At an awards ceremony Sept. 15, at the Maine Hospital Association in Augusta, the Breathe Easy Coalition of Maine celebrated the efforts of Maine hospitals to address smoking and tobacco use on their campuses.

The event highlighted the 2016 Maine Tobacco-Free Hospital Network Gold Star Standards of Excellence Program award winners, including Pen Bay Medical Center and Waldo County General Hospital. Thirty-three Maine hospitals and four individual champions were recognized for their achievements in advancing their organizations' smoke and tobacco-free policies, as well as promoting tobacco-free lifestyles in their communities.