rallies, asking stores to drop the sale of VUSE, a brand of
electronic cigarettes made by Reynolds American Inc.
For ten years, the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC)
has challenged Reynolds as a leader in the tobacco industry to
end human rights abuses in their supply chain by guaranteeing
farmworkers freedom of association and the right to collectively
negotiate better working conditions without fear of retaliation.
According to the president of FLOC, Baldemar Velásquez,
in 2011, Oxfam America and FLOC released a human
rights report detailing widespread abuses like dilapidated
housing, sub-minimum wages, work-related illnesses, and fear of
retaliation for speaking out. Reynolds’s response has been to
support charity programs and issue empty standards that have had
no impact on farmworkers’ lives.
In September 2017, FLOC members voted to escalate the tobacco
campaign by launching a boycott of Reynolds’s hallmark product
VUSE that will continue until Reynolds signs an agreement
According to representatives of FLOC, as part of a national
AFL-CIO endorsed VUSE boycott launch, Ohio consumers have
participated in actions outside of Kangaroo, Circle K, 7 Eleven,
and Wawa convenience stores calling on the stores to drop VUSE,
a brand of electronic cigarettes made by Reynolds American
Inc. (now owned by British American Tobacco) that contains
nicotine extracted from tobacco.
In the photo are FLOC representatives and supporters at
rally/boycott near 7 Eleven store, 2601 W Bancroft St., Toledo,
Ohio on January 26, 2019.
For other actions in Ohio or other states, contact FLOC
headquarters by visiting: