TAR Wars Program

TAR Wars Program

The TAR Wars program is owned and operated by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), and is consistent with the guidelines for youth tobacco prevention programs set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Since its development in 1988, the program has reached more than 10 million children worldwide.

Program Goals & Outcomes:

  • 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

The program has been expanded to include information on e-cigarettes and vaping.

For more information: AAFP – TAR Wars Program

We have provided the TAR Wars program to students in 3rd – 6th grade in schools all over Mississippi. The presentation itself generally lasts about 30 – 45 minutes, and then we offer a time for questions. Our TAR Wars program William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine (WCUCOM) is supported by the Mississippi Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP).

For more information: MAFP Foundation – TAR Wars Program