Vaping Apps Removed from the App Store

Yolanda Curtis
November 19, 2019

Apple has noted that the decision to permanently remove vaping-related apps follows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's ascertainment that "vaping products resulted in 42 deaths in the United States and contributed to over 2,000 cases of lung injury".

Yesterday, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention released a report stating that 42 people in the US have died from lung disease due to vaping and e-cigarette use. Apple never permitted apps on its platforms that allows users to order vape cartridges; however some apps did allow users to control the temperature and lighting of their devices.

In all, 181 apps have been pulled from the store - a figure which includes games and companion apps.


U.S. Federal regulators have found that the vast majority of vaping-related illness and death are linked to black market THC vapes-not e-cigarettes.

An Apple representative said, as published on forbes.com, the company takes great care "curate the App Store as a trusted place for customers, particularly youth, to download apps". The said apps are not available for download anymore.

However, users that already have the apps installed on their iPhones can continue to use them, although they won't be updated or be available on the App Store any longer. The company added a new section under their App store guideline 1. 4. According to reports, some of these apps gave news and information about vaping. Apple acknowledged it made the determination in accordance with compare within the USA that attributed a assortment of lung accidents and fatalities to e-cigarettes and vaping products. 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.


And earlier this year Associate Minister of Health Jenny Salesa said vaping could be the breakthrough to. Back in June, the App Store stopped accepting new apps that promote vaping.

In a statement to Axios, Apple said that it made a decision to ban apps including vaping-related games or content after the CDC's Thursday statement.


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