Tar Wars

Children's Tobacco Free Education Program


A pro-health, tobacco-free education program and poster contest.


Fourth graders statewide.


Education and Community Involvement

Education - Health care providers and educators become teachers for one hour as they present the Tar Wars lesson. The lesson focuses on the short-term effects of tobacco use, the reason people use tobacco and images that tobacco companies use to market their products. Please see Tar Wars curriculum highlights.

Community Involvement - Tar Wars provides an opportunity for health care providers, school personnel and community members to form coalitions toward the common goal of discouraging tobacco use among youths.


Tar Wars was developed in 1988 by the Hall of Life at the Denver Museum of Natural History and DOC (Doctors Ought to Care).


Tar Wars is owned and operated by the American Academy of Family Physicians.Locally, Tar Wars is operated by the Family Medicine Interest Group at the John A. Burns School of Medicine with financial assistance from the Hawaii Academy of Family Physicians Foundation. 

Contact the Hawaii Tar Wars program

If you are a 4th grade teacher and would like to schedule a Tar Wars Presentation for your classroom, please contact us at the email below.

Tar Wars Hawaii
651 Ilalo Street, MEB-OME
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Phone: (808) 692-0932
Fax (808) 692-1252
State Coordinator: Jill Omori, M.D.

Allison Sakakida
Alvah Scott Elementary
2nd Place, 2002 National Poster Contest