Apple bans vaping-related apps from App Store

Anne Freier

In App Business. November 29, 2019

Vaping may be less harmful than smoking traditional cigarettes, but that doesn’t make it safe. According to research, the long-term effects of vaping are poorly understood. But as the cigarette alternatives are coming under fire, Apple has decided to pull the plug vaping apps in its App Store.

The iPhone maker is going to delete 181 vaping-related apps, according to Axios.

Although Apple never allowed app developers to sell vape cartridges from their apps, people were still able to control their vape devices using the apps. For example, they could modify the colour or temperature of their vaping devices. That’s about to change.

Apple wrote in a statement:

“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. […]

We agree, and we’ve updated our App Store Review Guidelines to reflect that apps encouraging or facilitating the use of these products are not permitted. As of today, these apps are no longer available to download.”

The move will reduce exposure of vaping-related topics to young people.