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KVCC wins gold for addressing tobacco use on campus
BANGOR – The Maine Tobacco-Free College Network held an awards ceremony March 19, to celebrate the efforts of Maine institutions of higher education to address tobacco use on their campuses. The event featured the announcement of the 2014 Maine Tobacco-Free College Network’s Gold and Silver Star Standards of Excellence Recognition Program award winners. Seven Maine schools were recognized for their achievements in advancing their campus tobacco-free policies and promoting tobacco-free lifestyles for their communities.
Kennebec Valley Community College (KVCC) in Fairfield was recognized for meeting all Gold Star policy standards for its efforts to address tobacco use on campus. The sale, distribution, or advertisement of tobacco products is prohibited on the campus.
Those recognized at the event included:
Gold: Kennebec Valley Community College
Gold: University of Maine at Orono
Gold: University of Maine at Presque Isle
Gold: University of Southern Maine
Silver: Northern Maine Community College
Silver: Unity College
Silver: University of New England
All Maine institutions of higher education, including colleges, universities, and technical schools were invited to participate in the Gold Star Standards of Excellence program. Award levels are based on best practice criteria such as tobacco-free campus policy, tobacco treatment information availability for students, faculty and staff, prohibiting tobacco product distribution on campus, and divestment of all tobacco investments.
For more information about the Maine Tobacco-Free College Network and the Gold Star Standards of Excellence recognition program, please visit www.MaineTobaccoFreeCollegeNetwork.org.