Tar Wars is a nationwide interactive tobacco education program for fourth- and fifth-grade students. It is designed to discourage tobacco use among children by giving them an understanding of tobacco’s short-term effects and the way advertising influences people to buy and use tobacco products.
It can be presented in one class period (one hour) and preparation time is minimal. Volunteers print out a free Tar Wars lesson plan that walks them through all aspects of the presentation. It includes questions to ask, answers to give, and activities to do with the children.
Tar Wars was developed in 1988 by the Hall of Life at the Denver Museum of Natural History and Doctors Ought to Care (DOC). Since the development, the program has reached more than 9 million children worldwide. It was introduced in Minnesota during the 1996-97 academic year.
Tar Wars is operated by the American Academy of Family Physicians. The program has won awards from the World Health Organization, the American Medical Association and the U.S. Secretary of Health.
Those interested in making Tar Wars presentations in Minnesota should work with their local teachers, principal or school nurse to set up a presentations.
Tar Wars National Website - Please visit the Tar Wars National website for more information.
Tar Wars Program Guide - Get the Tar Wars Program guide. It is free, but you will need to provide some basic information.
Tar Wars Posters - See past Tar Wars posters selections from Minnesota.