Piping hot coffee on the patio, but no smoking

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Courtesy Inhabitat.com.

SEATTLE — Cigarettes and coffee? Forget about it.

Effective June 1, Starbucks stores across the United States and Canada will ban smoking from all outdoor seating areas.

Smokers are banned from lighting up within 25 feet of any company store.

The ban continues Starbucks’ commitment to the health and safety of it’s employees and customers, Starbucks’ Spokeswoman Jaime Riley said. “We always value our customers feedback, and we take seriously our responsibility to provide all customers a safe, healthy environment that is consistent across our company-owned stores,” Riley said. “We sincerely thank all customers for their support and cooperation.”

In many cities across the country,such as Dallas, individuals were previously allowed to smoke on a patio.  Most stores have signs posted alerting customers to the change in policy.

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  • Guest

    And just how is Starbucks going to enforce a 25 foot range when they don't own the sidewalk or the store next door? Nice free sound bite, though.

  • Paul Nimmo

    Why is Starbucks getting publicity for what is already State Law (and why did Q13 not figure that out)?

    "The Smoking in Public Places law also prohibits smoking within 25 feet of entrances, exits, windows that open, and ventilation intakes that serve enclosed areas where smoking is prohibited".

  • Guest

    I thought we already had a 25 foot rule in Washington state. Of course no one enforces it….I wonder how Starbucks will enforce it.

  • CLL

    Smokers are gross, rude!!! You throw your butts on the ground …. how about we throw our trash in your yard! We need a law to keep car windows up when smoking in the car!