About Us

How we got to where we are today

The International Network of Women Against Tobacco (INWAT) was founded in 1990 by women tobacco control leaders to address the complex issues of tobacco use among women and young girls.

If tobacco use and exposure can be prevented or stopped, women’s health can be vastly improved. An international network of women against tobacco is one of our greatest strengths in achieving improved health and greater equality.

INWAT provides contacts, primarily women, but increasingly to men, to individuals and organizations working in tobacco control; collects and distributes information regarding women and tobacco issues globally; shares strategies to counter tobacco advertising and promotion; supports the development of women-centered tobacco use prevention and cessation programs; and collaborates on the development of publications regarding women and tobacco issues.