Following multiple regional reports of the ban, a rep for Starbucks HQ confirmed to AdWeek that “smoking will be restricted within 25 feet of all stores and within company-owned outdoor seating areas.”
Whether this will have any impact on Starbucks’ business remains to be seen, but some customers are already complaining.
“Everybody knows coffee and cigarettes go hand-in-hand,” says one Jacksonville, FL, customer who plans to quit patronizing the business.
“I don’t blow smoke on people or try to get them polluted,” says another upset smoker in Denver. “I don’t push their rights, so, leave mine alone. Let me have this.”
Of course, others are perfectly fine with the news, especially employees who no longer have to clean up after smokers.
“[W]e do greenscapes several times a day and have to sweep up the multiple cigarette butts,” writes one on StarbucksGossip.com.