Tar Wars is a tobacco-free education program for fourth- and fifth-grade students. The program is designed to teach children about the short-term health effects and image-based consequences of tobacco use, and about being tobacco free by providing them tools to make positive decisions regarding their health and promote personal responsibility for their well being.
Tar Wars was developed by Jeff Cain, MD, and Glenna Pember of the Hall of Life, a division of the Denver Museum of Natural History, and Doctors Out to Care (DOC) in 1988. Since the development of Tar Wars in 1988, the program has reached more than 10 million children worldwide.
The program is owned and operated by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). The Tar Wars program is implemented in classrooms by volunteers. By utilizing a community-based approach to mobilize family physicians, educators, and other health care professionals, Tar Wars can accomplish its goals.
- Increase knowledge of short-term health effects and image-based consequences of tobacco use
- Illustrate cost/financial impact of using tobacco and ways money could be better spent
- Identify reasons why people use tobacco
- Explain how tobacco advertising, tobacco use in movies, and the tobacco industry markets their products to youth
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- Tar Wars Program Information (for coordinators, presenters, and teachers)
- FDA The Real Cost Campaign(www.fda.gov)
- AAFP Policy on Excise Taxes on Other Tobacco Products (OTP)
- AAFP Position Paper on Tobacco-Use Prevention and Cessation