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. A follow-up poster contest is conducted at the school, state, and national level to reinforce the Tar Wars message.

Interested in volunteering at UNC?

If you are interested in volunteering as a presenter for a local Chapel Hill middle school, please contact Haley Barrier at haley_barrier@med.unc.edu.  Time commitments average an hour and a half per outing, and you can easily be trained on the way to the local middle school.  Presentation materials and guides will be provided.

Visit www.tarwars.org for more information!

Tar Wars Presenter Guide (PDF Link)

About Tar Wars

The program, which is owned and operated by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), is implemented in classrooms across the United States and abroad by committed volunteer presenters such as family physicians, residents, medical students, school nurses, other health care professionals, educators, and community members. Currently, 47 AAFP constituent chapters and/or foundations are directly supporting and coordinating the program.

Tar Wars is the only youth tobacco education program offered at this time by a medical specialty organization in the United States and reaches approximately 400,000 students annually. The program has been active in 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, the Uniformed Services, and Canada.

Internationally, Tar Wars has been presented in Australia, Bangladesh, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kosovo, Macedonia, Nepal, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Sweden, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. Presentation materials in Spanish are also available.

Since its inception in 1988, Tar Wars has touched the lives of more than 8 million children worldwide!  --from tarwars.org

Program Objectives

Increase knowledge of short-term effects and image-based consequences of tobacco use

Illustrate costs of using tobacco

Identify reasons why people use tobacco

Learn how advertising influences people to buy and use tobacco