Posted by: audreybenenati | June 8, 2010

Starbucks snuffing out smoking outdoors | starbucks, welcome – Business – Appeal-Democrat


June 03, 2010 12:00:00 AM

By Ashley Gebb/Appeal-Democrat

A tall nonfat caramel macchiato with extra foam, please. Just hold the smoke.

Starting Monday, Starbucks customers are welcome to sit outside and sip a while — as long as they don’t light up. The international coffee giant is extending its ban on indoor smoking to outdoor patios and dining areas in California.

The change was prompted by an increasing number of communities that have enacted smoking prohibitions in outdoor dining areas. Mid-Valley smokers say they are disappointed by the rule but understand its purpose….

As a smoker, Andrea Navarrot, 48, tries to be respectful and keep her habit out of smell’s reach. But the ban is probably a good idea for those that are not so courteous, she said.

“You walk out the door, who wants to smell smoke?” she said…Starbucks snuffing out smoking outdoors | starbucks, welcome – Business – Appeal-Democrat.

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