As the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation has worked to improve the education, health, and vitality of Indianapolis, we’ve commissioned a number of research projects and studies to help guide our efforts.
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In 2015, Indiana had one of the highest high school graduation rates of any state in the nation at 87.1 percent, and the narrowest graduation gap – 4.5 percentage points – between low-income and non-low-income students.
Despite a decline in smoking prevalence over the past ten years, smoking remains the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States and is responsible for more than one in five deaths annually.
The health risks associated with smoking have been well documented, but even as smoking rates for U.S. adults have decreased from 45 percent to 15 percent since 1964, tobacco use remains a concerning and costly challenge to the economic development, health and quality of life of communities across the country.