On Friday, Apple said it will be no longer allow vaping-related applications to be downloaded from its Apps Store. The move comes amid rising concerns about electronic cigarettes causing irreparable damage to the lungs, sometimes even claiming their lives.
The Cupertino company carefully examines what is allowed on its virtual store. For those unaware, Apple device users, including about 900 million iPhone users rely on the Apple App Store for apps.
responding to an AFP query prompted by an Axios report, Apple said: “Recently, experts ranging from the CDC to the American Heart Association have attributed a variety of lung injuries and fatalities to e-cigarette and vaping products, going so far as to call the spread of these devices a public health crisis and a youth epidemic.”
“We agree, and we’ve updated our App Store Review Guidelines to reflect that apps encouraging or facilitating the use of these products are not permitted.”
Keeping in line with that, the Cupertino company has removed 181 vaping related apps from the App Store. Since tobacco, as well as vaping cartridges, were not allowed on the App Store, these applications came in the form of hardware, stores, games, news, or social networks, Apple said.
“We are grateful that Apple is joining with us and others on this historic day to stand against big Vape and their lies by removing all vaping apps in the App Store,” American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown said in a statement.
“Our hope is that others will follow our lead and follow with their own powerful message that nicotine and nicotine addiction caused by e-cigarette use are leaving thousands sick and dying across the globe.”
It is worth noting that people who installed the apps earlier will be able to use them as usual. US President Donald Trump said he plans to meet with vaping industry representatives this week before concluding banning the sale of vape products, particularly flavored e-cigarette products citing the outbreak of a vaping-related lung illness that swept the nation.
Originally touted as a safer alternative to smoking traditional cigarettes, vaping has come under fire from health officials and is facing scrutiny amid a mysterious lung illness associated with e-cigarettes use. This illness sickened over 2,000 teenagers and has claimed 39 lives in the United States.
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