Tar Wars is a tobacco-free educational program offered by the American Association of Family Physicians. This program is directed at fourth and fifth graders. Tar Wars discourages tobacco use among West Virginia’s youth and motivates students to make a positive-health choices based on personal responsibility.
The program consists of a one-hour classroom presentation facilitated by community volunteers who come from a variety of backgrounds (frequently from the health care field).
Student participants engage in a series of interactive activities designed to:
- increase their knowledge of the short-term effects of tobacco use
- help them identify reasons people use tobacco products
- prompt them to think critically about tobacco advertising
- encourage them to become peer advocates against tobacco use.
Students who participate in the program can also participate in a Tar Wars poster contest at the local, state, and national levels.
To learn more about Tar Wars visit: www.tarwars.org.