Saturday, June 1, 2013

Coffee and a Smoke? Not Outside of Most Starbucks

Posted By on Sat, Jun 1, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Order a cup of French Roast at Starbucks and baristas will still leave some room for cream and sugar, but there's no more room for smoking outside of the coffee house chain.

Beginning today, Starbucks is banning smoking within 25 feet of its stores in the U.S. and Canada, where the law allows. That impacts the majority of Starbucks' stores. A company representative estimated that it will be in effect at about 7,000 outlets. The rule won't apply to Starbucks which are housed in other stores.

The policy only applies to seating areas and other company property around its stores.

And if you can legally smoke in the streets of the city—for example Garden City—there's nothing Starbucks can do to prevent you from lighting up.

"If it's public space and something we do not have control of, and the law allows it [smoking] then we can't enforce it," said spokeswoman Jaime Lynn Riley.

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