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About the American Council on Science and Health

The American Council on Science and Health was founded in 1978 by a group of scientists with a singular mission – to provide an evidence-based counterpoint to the wave of anti-science claims that became the calling card of fundraising groups who were using mass media to promote fear about topics such as food, energy and medicine. These scientists created an organization that could add data and reason to debates about science and public health issues and to provide that data to policy makers and the public. ACSH is a national, non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) education and advocacy organization based in New York City.

The Council’s mission is to ensure that peer-reviewed mainstream science reaches the public, the media, and the decision-makers who determine public policy and ACSH became renowned early on by advocating for smoking cessation and seat belt laws. ACSH has remained continually committed to improving communication and dialogue between the scientific/medical community and the public and the media, in an effort to ensure that the coverage of science and health issues is based on scientific facts – not hyperbole, emotion or ideology.

The nucleus of ACSH is a board of 350 physicians, scientists and policy advisors — experts in a wide variety of fields — who review the Council’s reports and participate in ACSH seminars, media communications, and other educational activities. ACSH accomplishes its goals by producing a wide range of publications, including peer-reviewed reports on important health and environmental topics; its daily Dispatch, which provides commentary on and an analysis of breaking health and science news; and a semi-annual review of ACSH press coverage, Media Update. The organization has also produced a documentary, “Big Fears, Little Risks,” narrated by Walter Cronkite.

ACSH is continually active in the public sphere: Council representatives appear regularly on television and radio, in public debates, and in other forums. In addition, ACSH hosts media seminars and press conferences on a variety of public health issues. ACSH also provides an in-house internship program for students in health science fields and participates in legislative and regulatory hearings.

ACSH is a nonprofit institution exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. All contributions are tax deductible as provided by law.

What people are saying about us


“By increasing our understanding of complex issues, you help Americans make sound decisions about their well-being and influence public policy.”

– President George W. Bush


“ACSH knows the difference between a health scare and a health threat.”
– The Wall Street Journal


“Putting health risks in proper perspective – and educating journalists, legislators, and others about them – is what the American Council on Science and Health is all about”

– Steve Forbes


“ACSH fights the worry. With the help of ACSH, we don’t have to worry about political threats to our health”

– P.J. O’Rourke


Why donate to ACSH?

ACSH needs your financial support in order to provide the public, the media, and our nation’s influential opinion leaders and regulatory and legislative decision-makers with mainstream scientific conclusions that help ensure that public health policy is based on sound science.

ACSH protects consumer freedom from a variety of unscientifically based activist organizations — such as the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Center for Science in the Public Interest and the Environmental Working Group — that use “junk science” and hyperbole about risk to promote fears about our food, pharmaceuticals and chemicals, and other environmental and lifestyle factors. Their agenda is to limit or dismantle many technological achievements that contribute to consumer choice and good health.

Your tax-deductible gift would go to work instantly in promoting a pro-science, pro-technology and pro-free market approach to the important issues related to food, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, lifestyle the environment and human health. Together, we can make our world a better place.

Donations to ACSH are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by U.S. law

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