Eleven Maine colleges and universities were recognized Tuesday for addressing smoking and tobacco use on campus.
Bangor Savings Bank in Augusta hosted the awards ceremony.
It was put on by the Maine Tobacco Free College Network, an initiative of the Breathe Easy Coalition of Maine.
Each school honored has a tobacco free campus, written policies and treatment services available to students.
Organizers say they’re thrilled with the work area schools are doing to keep students tobacco free.
“Tobacco use continues to be a leading cause of preventable disease and death,” said Sarah Mayberry, coordinator of the Breathe Easy Coalition of Maine. “So by addressing that through strong policies and restricting advertising we can create a generation that is less likely to become addicted to tobacco.”
“Oh gosh, it means a lot,” said Malinda Scannell, a nurse practitioner for the University of Southern Maine. “Because what I know as a healthcare provider, the risk to your health is huge and it’s a preventable habit that we can help students realize the detriment to their health.”
Award recipients shared their success stories in an effort to learn from each other and expand their tobacco free policies.