WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) met last week with Meghan Johnson, a fifth grade student at Franklin Elementary School in Westfield, whose poster, “Blowing Notes, Not Smoke,” won the New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians Tar Wars Poster Contest. Her poster was chosen from submissions of fourth and fifth graders from across the state.
“Raising awareness about the dangers of smoking, especially among young Americans, is critically important,” Lautenberg said. “The Tar Wars program teaches elementary school students to make healthy decisions and this annual poster contest allows them to share the message with their creativity and thoughtful art work. Meghan’s poster is excellent and it was a pleasure to meet her.”
Tar Wars is a nationwide tobacco-free education program for fourth and fifth grade students, organized by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Qualified volunteers, including family physicians and medical students, give curriculum-based, anti-tobacco presentations at local schools, highlighting health concerns and the prevalence of smoking in movies and advertisements.
The program culminates in a local poster contest at each participating school where one winner is chosen to compete in a statewide contest. Three New Jersey finalists were chosen in Trenton, where Johnson won and earned a trip to Washington, D.C. to compete in the national finals.
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