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E-cigarette use among young people is rising at a disturbing rate. A recent study of Indiana’s high school youth shows e-cigarette use increased by 387% between 2012 and 2018. What's particularly troubling is that many students inaccurately believe vaping is not harmful, but the data show that is untrue.   

Recent national news about a mysterious vaping-related lung illness that has resulted in the deaths of eight people - including one person in Indiana - underscores the reality that e-cigarettes present a significant threat to Hoosier health. Just this week, a CDC official said the agency's most recent estimate of 530 vaping-related injuries has now been surpassed and the next tally is likely to include a "much higher" number.

In light of the alarming youth e-cigarette trend and ongoing questions about the health consequences of vaping, it’s important to know where to find accurate information. Recently, the Indiana State Department of Health unveiled an awareness campaign and resource hub for parents, students and educators to learn about the dangers of vaping and how to quit.

Find more information and resources for addressing the youth e-cigarette epidemic below:

  1. Vape Free Indiana
  2. Know The Risks: E-Cigarettes & Young People
  3. Quick Facts on the Risk of E-cigarettes for Kids, Teens, and Young Adults
Newfields - Expanding Opportunity in Central Indiana to Interact with Public Art and Nature through the Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park 

An Interview with Jonathan Wright, The Ruth Lilly Deputy Director for Horticulture and Natural Resources, Newfields
By Ellen Quigley, Vice President of Programs

Newfields, a place for nature and the arts, is a cultural campus that is home to The Indianapolis Museum of Art, the historic Lilly House, The Garden and The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park. In Fairbanks Park, guests can experience woodlands, meadows, and the shoreline of a 35-acre lake as well as site-responsive artworks, all on 100 acres.  

The Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation has awarded grants to the Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park at Newfields totaling $25 million since 2001.

Learn more about Fairbanks Park at Newfields in an interview with Jonathan Wright, The Ruth Lilly Deputy Director for Horticulture and Natural Resources at Newfields.

Restoring Optimism Begins with Building Trust
Claire Fiddian-Green in the IBJ's Forefront

It’s hard to feel optimistic about the future of our country these days. Almost hourly, we are deluged with distressing news about gun violence, sex trafficking, the rising U.S. budget deficit, income inequality, global trade tensions, climate change and more.

Finding solutions to these complex challenges feels more unlikely than ever, given bitter partisan battles in our nation’s capital and deep divisions among Americans across an array of issues.

At the heart of this loss of optimism lies a fundamental erosion of trust—in one another, in government and in key institutions. If we’re going to restore faith in the future and come together to solve our country’s pressing problems, we must first restore faith in our fellow Americans.

TWO-MINUTE VIDEO: Get to know the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation.
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