TAR WARS comes to Grahamwood


UTHSC Medical Students discuss the dangers of tobacco with Grahamwood Students

University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) medical students and professors visited Grahamwood Elementary to present TAR WARS. TAR WARS is an anti-tobacco, anti-drug presentation designed to education students on the harmful effects of tobacco and drugs. The comprehensive program covered everything concerning tobacco from the addictive effects of nicotine in smoking, chewing and vaping to associated health risks to the industry’s deceptive advertising. “This program was spot on in catching the attention of my 5th graders as they get ready to transition into middle school where they are likely to be exposed vaping and smoking,” stated teacher Adam Coleman. “The hands-on activities really demonstrated how harmful drugs and tobacco can be.” UTHSC’s Dr. Beth Choby organized the medical students’ visit and plans to make Grahamwood Elementary’s 5th grade classrooms an annual TAR WARS stop.