This is very surprising considering that I see a lot of people who come to starbucks to smoke and drink coffee.
It is a big move indeed. Why are they doing this? In compliance with the new Smoking Ordinance Section 5 of Republic Act 9211 wherein smoking won’t be allowed in the following areas:
- Centers of youth activity such as playschools, preparatory schools, elementary schools, high schools, colleges and universities, youth hostels, and recreational facilities for persons under eighteen (18) years old;
- Elevator and stairwells;
- Location in which fire hazards are present, including gas stations and storage areas for flammable liquids, gas, explosives or combustible materials;
- Within the buildings and premises of public and private hospitals. Medical, dental, and optical clinics, health centers, nursing homes, dispensaries and laboratories;
- Public conveyance and public facilities including airport and ship terminals and train and bus stations, restaurant and conference halls, except for separate smoking areas; and
- Food preparation areas
I LOVE this new rule of Starbucks. Looks like I’m going to visit them often now compared to before. Kudos to Starbucks!