Ask Starbucks: Make all outdoor seating areas smoke-free!
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Ask Starbucks: Make all outdoor seating areas smoke-free!

    1. Megan Yarbrough
    2. Petition by

      Megan Yarbrough

      Hyattsville, MD

The health risks associated with exposure to secondhand smoke are clear: Secondhand smoke can cause lung cancer, heart disease, low birth-weight, and chronic lung ailments like bronchitis. Just 30 minutes of exposure to it can cause heart damage similar to that of habitual smokers. Additionally, secondhand smoke is known to trigger asthma, allergies, and other critical respiratory problems in people sensitive to smoke.

I certainly understand these dangers: I've lost three of my grandparents to smoking-related cancers. That's why I'm asking Starbucks to be an industry leader in combating smoking-related illnesses. I'm petitioning the company to enact a smoke-free policy for outdoor areas at all of its stores.

Demand for smoke-free outdoor dining is growing. More than 190 municipalities have enacted laws for 100 percent smoke-free outdoor dining areas, and Hawaii, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, and Washington State prohibit smoking in all outdoor dining areas.

Starbucks’ recent decision to extend its smoke-free policy to outdoor areas in all of its California stores is applaudable. It's important that Starbucks protect customers' health and enact this policy nationwide. 

As one of only a handful of restaurant chains with a worldwide corporate smoke-free workplace policy, Starbucks has already taken big steps toward protecting consumer health. By establishing nationwide smoke-free outdoor dining areas, Starbucks would remain an industry leader and promote a healthy environment across the country where customers can enjoy their time at Starbucks without compromising their health.

Please urge Starbucks to remain an industry leader in combating smoking-related illnesses. Sign this petition asking the company to make all its outdoor dining areas 100 percent smoke-free.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Starbucks makes all outdoor seating areas smoke-free!

      Megan Yarbrough
      Petition Organizer

      Great news! I applaud Starbucks' decision to make all of its outdoor dining areas 100% smoke-free! By establishing nationwide smoke-free outdoor dining areas, Starbucks is promoting a healthy environment across the country where customers and employees can enjoy their time at Starbucks without compromising their health.

      No Smoking Outside Starbucks Shops Starting Saturday

      Starbucks is moving its smoking ban outdoors. Starting Saturday, according to signs posted in its more than 7,000 shops across the U.S. and Canada, "the no-smoking policy ... will include outdoor areas." "Smoking will be restricted within 25 feet of the store and within outdoor seating areas," the notices read.

    2. Reached 2,000 signatures
    3. Starbucks responds!

      Megan Yarbrough
      Petition Organizer

      In a recent email to one of our petition signers, a Starbucks customer service representative wrote, "I have read over the previous emails and I think that your request to extend the smoke free policy to all outdoor seating nationwide is a great idea."

      Tremendous work everyone -- keep it up! Share our petition with your family and friends today!

      Wouldn't it be great if Starbucks continued to act as an industry-leading, socially conscious company by announcing a plan to go 100% smoke-free?

    4. Reached 1,000 signatures
    5. Starbucks Philippines goes smoke-free nationwide

      Megan Yarbrough
      Petition Organizer

      In line with the call of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to make Metro Manila a smoke-free region, Starbucks Philippines has announced that “all Starbucks stores nationwide will be smoke-free.”

      “All previously designated smoking outdoor areas will be converted to non-smoking,” the statement said.

      Data from the Department of Health and the World Health Organization showed that smoking kills 10 Filipinos every hour, or 80,000 every year.

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Mark Gardner OKEECHOBEE, FL
      • about 2 years ago

      We can't smoke indoors, now you are trying to make it outside, go screw yourselve. Get a life.

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    • joseph banchero DUBLIN, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      smoking area around starbucks (and similiar places) is a joke. Second hand smoke is constantly in your face!!!!

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    • David Farrar HENDERSONVILLE, TN
      • over 2 years ago

      Second-hand smoke is dangerous. I'd also like to add that I wish Starbucks would stop assaulting my ears with their bad music outside (and inside, too).

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    • D. Gordon Draves EAST POINT, GA
      • over 2 years ago

      Thanks for going smokefree outdoors in CA, but that doesn't benefit us in the rest of the country. Please ban smoking in all your seating so we can enjoy sitting outside and enjoying your products without the poisons from tobacco smoke.

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    • Shannon Moyer ATHENS, OH
      • over 2 years ago

      Don't let people light up their cancer sticks in a clean public area. They can go somewhere else to do it. Do not cater to the smoker addiction.

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