Apple to remove vaping related apps from App store

Ruben Fields
November 19, 2019

Lately, specialists starting from the federal company Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention (CDC) to the American Coronary heart Affiliation have attributed a wide range of lung accidents and fatalities to e-cigarette and vaping merchandise. A total of 181 applications, including games and companion apps, have been removed from the App Store that allow users to control things like lighting and heating on vaping phones. In a statement, Apple said that it has updated its App Store guidelines to include language barring apps that encourage the use of vape products. The move comes after CDC reported at least 42 people dying from lung illness related to vaping.

Apple stated that the aim of the company is to make the App Store the most trusted place for customers, mostly for the youth to download apps. The company started its initiative to remove the vaping apps in June when it made a decision to stop accepting any new apps related to e-cigarettes. Users who already have these apps will still be able to use them. The company added a new section under their App store guideline 1. 4.

Vaping has been already criticized as a "gateway" to tobacco or other addiction as it is facing unprecedented scrutiny amid a mysterious epidemic which is linked to e-cigarette use that has killed around 39 and sickened more than 2,000 mostly young people in the US. The said apps are not available for download anymore.

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What is Vaping? Vaping is the inhaling of vapor that is created by an electronic cigarette (eCigarette) or other vaping devices. eCigarettes are smoking devices that are battery-powered smoking with cartridges filled with a liquid that usually contains nicotine, flavorings, and chemicals.

This isn't the first time Apple has banned a category of apps because of what appear to be moral concerns. We agree, and we've up to date our App Retailer Assessment Pointers to replicate that apps encouraging or facilitating the usage of these merchandise aren't permitted.

And earlier this year Associate Minister of Health Jenny Salesa said vaping could be the breakthrough to.

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