As a result of the recent controversy over vaping, Apple has decided to remove all applications related to electronic cigarettes from the App Store because of their potential health risks. There was more than 180 apps linked to vaping.
This has been reported by the company through a statemen, where it says that the measure occurs after at least 42 people have died from lung disease related to vaping, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC still doesn’t know the exact cause of these deaths, but says it could be due to vitamin E acetate, an ingredient in some products, especially those that include tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), found in marijuana.
“We are working hard to make the App Store a trusted place for consumers to download applications, particularly for young people. We are constantly evaluating apps and consulting the latest evidence to determine the risks to the health and well-being of users,” Apple said in the statement. They add: “Recently, experts from the CDC and the American Heart Association have attributed a variety of lung injuries and deaths to e-cigarettes and vaping products, even calling the spread of these devices ‘a public health crisis and a juvenile epidemic. We agree and have therefore updated our App Store Review Guidelines to reflect that applications that encourage or facilitate the use of these products are not permitted. As of today, these applications are no longer available for download.”
While Apple had never allowed the sale of vaping cartridges directly from the applications, it did have in its store apps that controlled the temperature and lighting of vaporizers or others that provided news, social networks and games related to the sector.
However, those who have already downloaded a vaping application on their iPhone can continue to use it and install it on new devices.