According to reports from Axios, Apple have removed 181 vape-related applications from their app store. The decision comes after a number of lung related injuries were linked to vaping, resulting in 42 deaths, according to the CDC.
Apple removed apps which control the lighting and temperatures of vaping devices, along with all vape-related games and news applications. “As of today, these apps are no longer available to download,” an Apple spokesperson said in a statement.
Apple is removing all 181 vaping-related apps from its mobile App Store https://t.co/k2kb1HsEbK
— Axios (@axios) November 16, 2019
“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,” Apple said.
In addition to removing these apps, Apple have also updated their App Store guidelines. It now reads “apps that encourage consumption of tobacco and vape products, illegal drugs, or excessive amounts of alcohol are not permitted on the App Store.”
With regards to the vaping pandemic itself, last week officials from the CDC announced a potential breakthrough in determining the cause of the vaping injuries. A vitamin E acetate was detected in 29 lung tissue samples tested. The CDC called the vitamin E acetate “the primary site of injury within the lungs”
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