MACHIAS – The University of Maine at Machias was honored Wednesday at a reception in Augusta as having reached the silver
level in the 2015 Maine Tobacco-Free College Network Gold Star Standards of Excellence Recognition Program. The Gold Star Standards of Excellence provide an annual opportunity for colleges and universities to be recognized for the work they have done to create a tobacco-free environment and to
support tobacco-free lifestyles.
The effort at UMM has been led by members of the UMM Wellness Committee.
Each year, MTFCN recognizes schools at the bronze, silver and gold levels
based upon how many of the 10 best practice Gold Star Standards they meet. This year, 12 institutions across the state were recognized.
Tobacco use remains the leading cause of death and disease in this Country. The 2006 and 2010 U.S. Surgeon General reports both emphasize that there is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke. They also state that even brief exposure to secondhand smoke can trigger a heart attack in a
person who has a pre-existing heart condition and is the leading trigger of asthma.