Apple has cleared its App Store of 181 vaping apps, citing recent reports of evaporation-related injuries and deaths.
Starting Friday, vaping-related applications will not be allowed on the service, Axios first reported. Apple has confirmed to Gizmodo that users who download vape apps will still be able to use and port them to new Apple devices. In a statement, Apple said it had updated its guidelines for the App Store to include language-banning applications that encourage the use of Wi-Fi products.
"We are very careful to make the App Store a trusted place for customers, especially young people, to download apps. We're constantly evaluating applications and consulting the latest evidence to identify risks to users' health and well-being, "Apple said. "Recently, experts from the CDC, of the American Heart Association, attributed various injuries and deaths to e-cigarette lungs and vapor products, which they called the spread of these devices a health crisis and a youth epidemic. . We agree and update our Store Review Guidelines to reflect that applications that encourage or facilitate the use of these products are not permitted. "
New is Apple App Store Overview Guide now bans applications that encourage "consumption of tobacco and vape products, illegal drugs or excessive alcohol", applications that encourage the use of those substances by minors, and any applications that facilitate "the sale of marijuana, tobacco or controls." (except for licensed pharmacies). ”
Apple said it has not approved new vaping applications for inclusion in the App Store since June after adding Wi-Fi products to its list of things that are banned from being promoted through the service. While Apple said it never allowed vape cartridges to be sold through the App Store, the apps available for download include things like an app store, games, news, social media and apps that allow the user to control their settings. their evaporative devices.
A number of prominent VIP companies have applications that were previously available in the Apple App Store. Cannabis Pax Manufacturer, for example, has an application to control steam and taste output, temperature, device lock, and firmware updates. That application has been deleted from the service. Juul, meanwhile, has an application for that Ulul Ц1 device available in Canada. That app is exclusively available on Android, but work lists the company seemed to be investigating an iOS app.
A Pax spokesman said in a statement to Gizmodo that the company was "very concerned and disappointed that Apple decided to remove our application from its store," adding that its application allowed millions of users in 34 cannabis states to or another degree, legal, "to provide dose control and the correct temperature of their tested, legally purchased cannabis".
Federal regulators have found that the vast majority of evaporation and death-related diseases are linked to the black market THC vapes – not e-cigarettes. Pax claims its application helps users avoid dangerous products, not the other way around.
"In addition, in the face of volatile diseases, our application provides consumers with detailed information about what their product contains, including state-of-the-art testing results and complimentsprofiles of sun, terpenes and cannabinoids and other information that enables educated, informed and safe consumption of legal cannabis, "concluded a Pax spokesman.
Juul did not return immediately request for comment.
It is unclear whether Google will pursue the lawsuit, and the company has not returned our inquiry into its plans. However, if it decides to ban these applications, it will throw in at least one of ulul's ideas to keep its products out of the hands of children by seeking age verification application to unlock them. That would mean it's back on the drawing board, people.