Starbucks Prohibits Smoking Up to 25 Feet From Cafes

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Starbucks is breaking up the love affair between smokers and their joe.

The classic pairing of coffee and cigarettes will be no more at the java giant, which beginning June 1 will prohibit anyone up to 25 feet from a Starbucks store from lighting up.


Tan Genin, a Calabasas resident, enjoys a cigarette on the patio outside Starbucks in 2006, a practice the company will ban starting June 1. (Los Angeles Times)

The Seattle giant already bans smoking inside its cafes. But spokeswoman Jaime Riley said the expanded rule stems from “a sense of responsibility to provide customers with a safe and healthy environment.”

The new decree applies to all 7,000 company-owned stores within the U.S. and Canada, regardless of whether the cafes feature outdoor seating. Some 4,000 other Starbucks locations – including licensed shops located within retailers such as Target and Barnes & Noble – are exempt.

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