American Council on Science and Health (ACSH)

The American Council on Science and Health (ACSH) was established in 1978 by "a group of scientists who had become concerned that many important public policies related to health and the environment did not have a sound scientific basis. These scientists created the organization to add reason and balance to debates about public health issues and to bring common sense views to the public. ACSH is a national, non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) consumer health education and advocacy organization based in New York City." While it bills itself as an independent research and advocacy group, one simply needs to look at its funders to determine its loyalties.

According to a Mother Jones article, "ACSH's donors and the potential backers the group has been targeting comprise a who's-who of energy, agriculture, cosmetics, food, soda, chemical, pharmaceutical, and tobacco corporations." Also documented in the Mother Jones article, "Reynolds American and Phillip Morris International were each listed as expected to give $100,000 in 2013, which would make them the two largest individual donations listed in the ACSH documents. (Reynolds confirmed making a $100,000 donation to ACSH in 2012 and donating additional money in 2013. Phillip Morris confirmed donating to ACSH in 2012 and 2013 but didn't disclose the amounts.)"

Historically, ACSH campaigned against smoking, although some of its members did not agree with the health consequences associated with secondhand smoke exposure. More recently, ACSH has taken a strong position in support of electronic cigarettes.