Tar Wars

Tar Wars is a tobacco-free education program for fourth- and fifth-grade students. The program is designed to teach kids about the short-term, image-based consequences of tobacco use, the cost associated with using tobacco products, and the advertising techniques used by the tobacco industry to market their products to youth.

Tar Wars Program Information

  • For Coordinators

    Coordinators are responsible for the organization, operation, and administration of Tar Wars in their state.

  • For Presenters

    Make a difference in your community by educating children about the harmful effects of tobacco use.

  • For Teachers

    Tar Wars is a tobacco-free education program for fourth- and fifth-graders. Learn how to bring Tar Wars to your school or classroom.


Due to the new comprehensive approach to tobacco use and nicotine dependence, the Tar Wars poster contest is an optional activity for state chapters in 2015. There will not be a Tar Wars poster contest at the national level. Please contact your state coordinator for updates on your state poster contest.

Tar Wars has shown to be effective in increasing students’ knowledge of and attitudes toward tobacco use and advertising and should be considered as one of the building blocks in your school’s comprehensive, tobacco prevention education plan.

Tar Wars is consistent with the guidelines for youth tobacco prevention programs set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Tar Wars is supported in part by a grant from the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation.