Published: Tue, November 19, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Apple Is Removing All Vaping Apps From Its App Store

Apple Is Removing All Vaping Apps From Its App Store

Concerns over the health and safety implications of vapes and e-cigarettes has prompted Apple to remove all apps pertaining to the activity from the App Store.

Apple took this move after nearly 42 people died from vaping related lung disease and most of these victims were using cartridges containing Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, though some exclusively used nicotine cartridges.

"We are grateful that Apple is joining us and others on this historic day to stand against big Vape and their lies by removing all vaping apps in the App Store", said American Heart Association's chief executive Nancy Brown in a statement.

Fresh fears recently came to light in the United Kingdom after a 19-year-old nearly died from a "catastrophic respiratory illness" for which doctors said vaping was to blame.

"We take hold of enormous care to curate the App Retailer as a depended on space for purchasers, specifically formative years, to download apps". Apple confirmed to Gizmodo that users who have downloaded vape apps will still be able to use them and transfer them to new Apple devices.

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Cupertino company never allowed direct sale of vaping devices from any app.

Apple has removed 181 vaping apps from the realm App Retailer, nonetheless acknowledged apps already downloaded will continue to work and would possibly perchance presumably be transferable to unusual tool purchases. Apple acknowledged it made the determination in accordance with compare within the United States that attributed a assortment of lung accidents and fatalities to e-cigarettes and vaping products. But in the past, it did allow apps that served as hubs for news and information about vaping or even allowed users to control the lighting or temperature of their vaping devices.

Apple shares were down 0.19% at $265.23 at the time of publication. We agree and have updated our App Store Review Guidelines to reflect that it is not allowed to use apps that encourage or facilitate the use of these products.

It's interesting that Apple doesn't take this health-conscious view on alcohol, where the damaging effects have been known for literally decades.

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