Apple said on Friday that it is banning vaping-related apps from its App Store because the use of e-cigarettes can damage lungs or kill people.
Apple allows on the shelves of its virtual shop that serves as the only outlet for apps available for its popular mobile devices, including some 900 million iPhones worldwide.
“Recently, experts from the CDC to the American Heart Association have attributed a range of lung injuries and fatalities to e-cigarettes and vaping products, the spread of these devices causing a youth health epidemic, a youth health crisis. Is going so far as to tell, “Apple said in response to an AFP query prompted by an Axios report.
“We agree, and we have updated our App Store review guidelines to reflect that applications that encourage or facilitate the use of these products are not permitted.”
Apple has pulled 181 vaping-related apps from the App Store worldwide. According to the California-based company, tobacco with vaping cartridges was never allowed at a virtual shop, so social networks, news, games, hardware, or in-store apps were included.
American Heart Association chief executive Nancy Brown said in a released statement, “We are grateful that Apple stands with us and others for removing all the vaping apps in the Apple Store to stand up against the big wap and their lies Connecting. ”
“Our hope is that others will follow our lead and follow up with their own powerful message that nicotine and nicotine addiction from e-cigarette use is causing thousands of sick and dying people around the world.”
Those who have already banned their Apple gadgets from now on will be able to continue using them.
US President Donald Trump said this week that he plans to hold a meeting with representatives of the vaping industry, as they believe a ban on flavored e-cigarette products after a deadly epidemic of vapor-related lung injuries or not.
Vapiping, already criticized as an “gateway” to tobacco or other intoxication, faces unprecedented scrutiny amid a mysterious epidemic involving e-cigarette use that killed 39 people. And has sickened more than 2,000 young people in the US.