Tar Wars


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Tar Wars has reached over 250,000 Colorado 4th & 5th graders, helping children decide to live healthier, tobacco-free lives. The mission of the program is to educate students about being tobacco free, provide them with the tools to make positive decisions regarding their health, and promote personal responsibility for their well being. By utilizing a community-based approach to mobilize family physicians, educators, and other health care professionals, Tar Wars can accomplish its mission.

Goals of the program are to:

  • Educate and motivate students to be tobacco free.
  • Mobilize health care professionals to become proactive in their community’s health education.
  • Encourage community involvement.
  • Preventing tobacco use, the leading cause of preventable death in the world today.

Presenter Info

Welcome! We are thrilled that you are interested in presenting this fabulous program. Tar Wars, which was established in 1988 by Colorado physician Jeffrey Cain, MD, educates 4th and 5th graders on the long-term effects of smoking on the body, as well as the short-term, image-based effects of tobacco use.

If you have already identified a school in your community that you would like to work with congratulations, you’re ready to go! Click on the Tar Wars Documents Tab above to locate your presenter materials. Don’t forget to share information about the Colorado State Tar Wars Poster Contest with your students.

If you do not know what school you would like to work with we encourage you to identify a nearby elementary school. Typically, you can reach out to the principal or 4th & 5th grade teacher via a phone call or email. Share a little bit about the program. For example,

“Tar Wars is a tobacco-prevention education program for 4th and 5th graders. The lesson plan consists of a one-hour classroom presentation and an invitation to participate in the follow-up poster contest. The winner of each participating elementary school goes on to compete at the state level.”

Don’t forget to tell them a little bit about yourself and why you are interested in presenting the program at their school. Once you have lined up your presentation click on the Tar Wars Document Tab above to access the Tar Wars Presenter Materials.

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School Sign-Up

Thank you for your interest in having a Tar Wars Presenter at your school! Please fill out the form below, this will help us locate a presenter for you. We will be in touch shortly.

Video Presentations

If your school isn’t able to locate a Tar Wars presenter for an in-person presentation, you can still bring the program to your students.

Thanks to a generous grant from COPIC Companies, the CAFP offers video versions of the presentations that can be used in the classroom, whenever it is convenient for you. Dr. Tamaan Osbourne-Roberts brings students education about the dangers of tobacco use and Dr. Aaron Shupp brings students information about marijuana in an optional supplement video.