<p>The ban on smoking inside has become common, now Starbucks is taking it a step further. June 1, 2013 was the first day of the ban on smoking at the outdoor tables and within twenty-five feet of the facility itself. The decision will affect approximately seven thousand stores in the United States. The company has stated that they are attempting to comply with existing and future regulations by implementing the ban.</p>
<p>There are a number of areas that already ban smoking within a set distance from the front doors of business. Starbucks Corp is making the changes where the leases and laws will permit it. The company is extending the ban to include electronic cigarettes as well. New York City implemented a ban on outdoor smoking in public places including Times Square in 2011. There is no smoking in the public parks of nearly five hundred cities, towns and counties.</p>
<p>The ban applies only to the United States and Canada; stores in Europe still allow smoking within twenty-five feet of the doors. The company cannot say what is done on public property; the ban can only be instituted on the property that belongs to Starbucks. California was the first state to see the policy in 2010 when the company extended to twenty-five feet from the fifteen feet that the law states.</p>
<p>Read more here: <a href=”http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/business/130601/starbucks-bans-smoking-within-25-feet-stores-except-europe”>http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/business/130601/starbucks-bans-smoking-within-25-feet-stores-except-europe</a></p>
Debra Wang was born and raised in Guelph Ontario. As a journalist Debra has contributed to CBC News Blog, Outdoor Magazine and many other publications. In regards to academics, Debra earned a degree in business degree from Brock and earned her masters dgree at Queens in Kingston. Debra covers local news and culture stories here at County Telegram.