Starbucks Bans Smoking Within 25 Feet of its Cafes

Posted on June 1, 2013

Starbucks is now banning smoking within 25 feet of its 7,000 shops in the U.S. and Canada. The new policy went into effect today. People can often be seen smoking outside of Starbucks stores. This activity will no longer be allowed. NPR reports that notices have been posted at Starbucks shops that say, "Smoking will be restricted within 25 feet of the store and within outdoor seating areas." An image of one of the notices can be seen here.

Chain Store Age reports that the new rule applies to all Starbucks locations, even if they offer outdoor seating.

The Christian Science Monitor quotes Starbucks spokeswoman Jaime Lynn Riley as saying the company is trying to expand the indoor no smoking policy to its outdoor seating areas.

This is a great idea. It will help regular Starbucks customers avoid inhaling smoke from smokers hanging around outside the store as they go inside to pick up a coffee. It may also help in cases where customers are waiting in long lines and there is smoke wafting in from outdoors because people are smoking outside the stores.
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