Apple has removed all 181 vaping apps from the App Store following reports that 42 people in the US have died from lung disease due to the use of e-cigarettes.
Apple stopped accepting new apps on the App Store that promoted vaping, showed vaping related news, etc since June this year. The company never accepted apps that sold vaping cartridges.
Apple in a statement to Axios: “We take great care to curate the App Store as a trusted place for customers, particularly youth, to download apps. We’re constantly evaluating apps, and consulting the latest evidence, to determine risks to users’ health and well-being.”
“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. As of today, these apps are no longer available to download.”
Any user who had already downloaded any vaping app can continue using it. They can also download it on their new devices by going to the Purchased section of the App Store.
A CDC report says that 2,172 more cases of people with severe lung disease have been diagnosed who used vaping machines. It recommends people to not use vaping products that contain THC and says that it has identified vitamin E acetate as a chemical of concern in people that use e-cigarettes.