Tar Wars Program Presented at Cowan Elementary School


Tar Wars is a tobacco-free education program for fifth grade elementary 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.

The program, which is owned and operated by the American Academy of Family Physician’s (AAFP), is implemented in classrooms across the United States and abroad by committed volunteer presenters such as STMC/EHH physician, Dr. Thomas A. Smith, M.D.  A follow-up poster contest is conducted at the school, state, and national level to reinforce the Tar Wars message.

This year, as in several years past, Dr. Thomas A. Smith served as the Tar Wars presenter for the 5th grade students of Cowan Elementary School. A poster contest was held in conjunction with the program presentation on Monday, January 28, 2013. The winner of that contest was a 5th grade Cowan Elementary student, Jenna Reeves. Jenna’s poster will now be included in the Tennessee State Tar Wars competition which will be held on March 17, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at the Embassy Suites Cool Springs, Franklin, TN.

State poster contest winners and their families are eligible to attend the annual Tar Wars National Conference sponsored by the American Academy of Family Physicians. The Tar Wars National Conference concludes with a festive awards ceremony, during which the national winners are announced.

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