Starbucks kicks smokers beyond the curb
Sat, 01 Jun 2013 17:02:21 GMT —
If you're planning to grab a coffee and a smoke, look a little further than Starbucks. Or at least 25 feet further.
Starting Saturday, the coffee giant is banning smoking within 25 feet of its stores nationwide. However, it's not quite as bad as you might think.
The ban applies to coffee outlets with outdoor patios, seating areas, and any other company property surrounding te stores. Customers will have to move beyond Starbucks property to light up.
Starbucks says if it is legal to smoke in the streets of your city, then they cannot enforce a ban if you decide to take a few puffs on public property.
"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," spokeswoman Jaime Lynn Riley told NBC News.
The coffee chain says a "sense of responsibility" brought about the new outdoor smoking ban. They say it is a way to provide healthier spaces for their customers across the United States.