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Starbucks Prohibits Smoking Within 25 Feet Of Cafés

Posted On: 6/10/2013

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TAGS: coffee service, Starbucks, smoking policy, foodservice

SEATTLE -- On June 1, Starbucks began prohibiting anyone up to 25 feet from its stores from lighting up.

The new restriction is intended to extend smoke-free zones to outside seating areas (the Seattle coffee giant already bans smoking inside its cafés). It applies to all 7,000 company-owned cafés in the U.S. and Canada, regardless of whether or not they have outdoor seating.

Other Starbucks locations -- including licensed shops located within such retailers as Target and Barnes & Noble -- are exempt.