Tobacco Use Prevention
The MaineHealth Center for Tobacco Independence (CTI) works to:
- Prevent all kinds of tobacco use (including e-cigarettes) among youth and young adults statewide
- Prevent all ages from exposure to second-hand smoke in public places such as housing, colleges and schools, and lodging
- Promote tobacco treatment through the Maine Tobacco HelpLine, which is also administered by CTI
The Smoke-Free Home Pledge is a pledge all Maine residents can take to commit to setting their own rules against smoking in their home. By taking the pledge, individuals are committing to protect their home and family from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke. The pledge is a good resource to talk with people about the benefits of having a smoke free environment – and provides information about secondhand smoke, quitting smoking, stickers, a door decal, and coloring cards for kids.
The Center for Tobacco Independence provides support across Maine for policy, systems and environmental changes that reduce exposure to secondhand smoke where Maine residents live, work, and play. Through CTI programs, evidence-based policy is supported through technical assistance, resources and recognition programs. Environments targeted for change include behavioral health facilities, institutions of higher education, healthcare organizations, municipal parks, recreation and beach areas, schools, lodging and multi-unit housing.
All hospital campuses in the MaineHealth network of care are tobacco-free and have been awarded Gold Star status by Breathe Easy.
The annual Maine Tobacco-Free Hospital Network Gold Star Standards of Excellence recognition program recognizes those hospitals that are addressing smoking and tobacco use by creating and maintaining smoke and tobacco-free policies. As leaders in health care, Maine hospitals seek to optimize the health of patients and the surrounding community. Hospitals provide key community support and are exemplary role models of health care excellence. Tobacco-free campus policies are examples of this commitment that benefits patients, employees, and the entire community.