LOS ANGELES (LA Times) — 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.
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.
And the 25-feet smoke-free radius is flexible based on each store’s lease size, Riley said. If Starbucks-controlled property only extends 15 feet from a particular store’s exterior, then smokers outside the area are free to puff away if local law allows.