Apple cleaned its App Store of 181 vaping apps, citing a variety of reports of injury and death related to Vaping.
Starting on Friday, vaping-related apps will no longer be allowed for the service, Axios reported for the first time. Apple has confirmed to Gizmodo that users who have downloaded vape apps can continue to use and transfer them to new Apple devices. In a statement, Apple announced that the App Store policies have been updated to include voice-blocking apps that promote the use of Vape products.
to download apps. We're constantly evaluating apps and using the latest insights to determine the risks to the health and well-being of users, "said Apple. "Recently, experts from the CDC to the American Heart Association have attributed a variety of lung injuries and deaths to e-cigarette and vaping products, even citing the proliferation of these products as a public health and adolescent epidemic. We agree and have updated our app store review policies to reflect that apps that promote or facilitate the use of these products are not allowed. "
Apple's new App Store Review Policy now prohibits apps that promote publication" consumption of tobacco and steam products, illegal drugs or excessive alcohol consumption, apps that promote the use of these substances by minors, as well as Apps that facilitate the sale of marijuana, tobacco or controlled substances (except in approved pharmacies). , "
Apple announced that it has not approved any new Vaping apps for the App Store since June after vape products were added to a list of items that may not be promoted through the service. Apple said vape cartridges had never been sold through the App Store. However, apps available for download included things like store apps, games, news, social media, and apps that allow a user to control the settings on their vaping devices.
A number of well-known vape companies have apps that were previously available on the Apple App Store. For example, the Pax Cannabis Vaporizer has an app for controlling steam and taste output, temperature, locking the device, and updating the firmware. This app has been removed from service. Meanwhile, Juul has an app for his Juul C1
A Pax spokesman said in a statement to Gizmodo that the company is "very worried and disappointed that Apple made the decision to remove our app from its store," adding that its app has millions of Allowing users in the 34 states where cannabis is available is legal to one degree or another "to ensure the dose control and correct temperature of their tested, legally purchased cannabis."
The federal regulatory agencies have established that the vast majority of illnesses and death associated with vapors is associated with black market THC-Vapes – no e-cigarettes. Pax argues that his app helps users avoid dangerous products, not the other way around.
"In addition, our app provides vendors with detailed information about the content of their product, including the results of government-regulated tests and compliance, terpene and cannabinoid profiles and other information that enables educated, informed and safe use of legal cannabis, "the Pax spokesman concluded.
Juul did not return a request for comment immediately.
It is not clear if Google will follow suit, and the company did not return our request for its plans. However, if it were decided to suspend these apps, it would at least upset Juule's idea to make his products inaccessible to children by requiring a age verification app to unlock them , That would mean going back to the drawing board, folks.