PhotoA few generations ago, a cup of coffee and a cigarette just seemed to go together. Those days are long gone, as evidenced by Starbucks' new policy that prohibits smoking within 25 feet of its stores.

Of course, many localities and states already prohibit smoking around building entrances but Starbucks says it wants to make it clear that smoking isn't allowed in its outside seating areas.

OK, but what if it's an electronic cigarette? Starbucks already bans them, so there's nothing new to report on that front.

Ah, but what about drive-through windows? Can you smoke in your car while rolling up to the window? Starbucks is mum on that one.

Obviously, the new rule applies only to Starbucks' own stores, not licensed stores in places like airports and big box stores, which have their own no-smoking rules.

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