Starbucks bans smoking within 25 feet of its stores

05/31/2013 3:50 PM

05/31/2013 3:50 PM

Ban expands

Starbucks customers will have to stamp out their cigarettes before approaching the cafes.

The chain said it will ban smoking within 25 feet of its stores beginning Saturday.

Starbucks spokeswoman Jaime Lynn Riley said the intent is to expand the indoor no-smoking policy to the outdoor seating areas. The rule will apply to the 7,000 cafes owned and operated by Starbucks, regardless of whether they have outdoor seating areas.

More and more

Americans paid an average of $69 a month last year for cellphone service — $31 more than European Union customers paid, according to a study by the GSM Association.

But Americans talk five times as much on their cellphones and use twice as much data, the study found.

Average data downloads are 75 percent faster in the U.S.

Pump savings

Gasoline at the pump should drop below $3.50 a gallon in June, according to AAA, the nation’s largest motoring organization.

The U.S. average fell nine straight days to $3.612 on Thursday, according to data from AAA. The average, which jumped 17 days in a row to $3.66 on May 21 because of seasonal maintenance and refinery shutdowns in the Midwest and West Coast, will keep declining, AAA forecasts.

In the Kansas City area, prices were still a few cents above the national average.

A fit logo

Reebok’s CrossFit logo will become the symbol of the fitness brand as the Adidas unit seeks to revive sales that have fallen four of the last six years.

The red delta sign will be added to items from Reebok’s fitness collection starting July 1.

Honda help

Honda Motor Co. is trimming the lease price for its electric Fit hatchback by a third as the carmaker follows similar moves by General Motors Co. and Nissan Motor Co. to boost demand for plug-in models.

The monthly fee to lease a Fit EV for 36 months will drop to $259, from $389 previously, with no down payment.

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