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Starbucks to Ban Smoking Within 25 Feet of Cafes

Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Starting on Saturday, smoking will be banned with 25 feet of any company-owned Starbucks cafes in the United States and Canada.

In order to create a more healthy and comfortable environment, the chainis attempting to keep cigarette smoke away from its outdoor seating areas. According to the Wall Street Journal, many states and cities already have laws preventing smoking within 20 feet of building entrances, but that does not necessarily protect outdoor seating areas.

The new policy will only cover property owned by Starbucks, says the Wall Street Journal, so if the cafe's property ends less than 25 feet from its door, they will not police smoking beyond its boundaries.

Approximately 7,000 Starbucks stores will be impacted by the new policy, according to the Huffington Post.

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Panera Bread Has a Hit with 'Pay What You Can' Policy

Panera Bread(ST. LOUIS) -- "Pay what you can" is an idea whose time has come, at least for Panera Bread bakery cafes.

The restaurant chain decided to try out this policy at one of its stores in suburban St. Louis about a year ago to help out people who were down on their luck.

Founder Ronald Shaich also said that Panera was looking for a novel way of donating money to charity.

Twelve months later, Shaich calls the experiment a huge success.  As it happened, about 20 percent of people paid a little less than the menu price, 20 percent actually gave a little more and the majority paid the suggested price.

Panera Bread is now due to open two more "Pay what you can" stores, one in Portland, Oregon and the other in suburban Detroit.

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