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Starbucks Bans Smoking Within 25 Feet of Shops

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Smoking will no longer be allowed within 25 feet of Starbucks storefronts in the United States or Canada starting June 1, NBC Los Angeles reports.

Until now, Starbucks has allowed customers to smoke as long as they are not on the store’s patio. Smoking is banned inside all of the stores.

According to Adweek, the company is also banning electronic cigarettes at its 7,000 U.S. locations.

3 Responses to this article

  1. Shattah206 / June 3, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    If there is no local ordinance, can Starbucks “ban” any legal behavior on property they do not own?
    I’m not a smoker, hate the way it smells, and think it’s a vile and expensive habit.
    Still, I am curious how they can ban anything unless they always own 25′ of property around each of their stores. We all know this is not the case, especially in downtown areas and in strip malls, where they are in every third building, usually with a sidewalk entrance.

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    Mel / May 31, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    Smoking should be banned everywhere, it is a health hazard and causes many deaths by secondhand smoke and it stinks to high hell and we should not be forced to smell smoke everywhere we go. They stand in front of every store and restaurant and even stand around smoking by your car so you can’t even get back in your car and you can’t get into or out of the stores and restaurants because of them and they throw their cigarette butts all over the ground and toss them out their car windows and start fires and empty their ashtrays and litter all over the place.

  3. Joshua / June 4, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    i agree completely with the point that you are making. but think of starbucks patrons, they accept without questioning the transition of words like “small, medium and large” into “tall, grande, and venti” do you really think that these people, seeing an official looking sign will do anything other than measure off the 25′?

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