Apple has released its App Store of 181 vaping apps, citing a rash of recent vaping-related injuries and death reports.
As of Friday, vaping-related applications will no longer be enabled on the service, Axios first reported. Apple has confirmed to Gizmodo that users who have downloaded vape apps will still be able to use them and transfer them to new Apple devices. In a statement, Apple said it has updated its App Store guidelines to include language barring applications that promote the use of vape products.
"We take great care to curate the App Store as a trusted place for customers, especially young people, to download applications. We constantly evaluate applications and consult the latest evidence to determine the health and well-being of consumers, ”said Apple. "Recently, experts ranging from the CDC to the American Heart Association have attributed various lung injuries and fatalities to e-cigarettes 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 have updated our App Store Review Guidelines to reflect that applications that promote or facilitate the use of these products are not permitted. "
The New Apple Review Guideline Apple now prohibits applications to promote" consumption of tobacco and vapes, illicit drugs or excessive alcohol ", applications that promote the use of these substances by minors, and any application that facilitates the "sale of marijuana, tobacco or controlled substances (excluding licensed pharmacies). "
Apple stated that it did not approve new apps for inclusion in the App Store as of June after adding vape products to the list of things that could not be promoted through the service. While Apple has stated that it has never authorized the sale of vape cartridges through the App Store, downloadable apps include things like stores, games, news, social media and apps that allow the user to control the settings of their vaping devices .
A number of well-known vape companies have applications that were previously available on the Apple App Store. Cannabis vape-maker Pax, for example, has an application for controlling steam output and aromas, temperature, device lock, and firmware updates. This application has been deleted by the service. Meanwhile, Juul, has an application for its device Juul C1
A spokesman for Pax said in a statement to Gizmodo that the company was "very concerned and disappointed that Apple has made the decision to remove our app from its store," adding that its app allows millions of users in 34 states where cannabis in to one degree or another, it is legal "to ensure that the tested and legally purchased cannabis is controlled by the dosage and correct temperature." are associated with the black market THC vapes – are not electronic cigarettes. Pax claims that its app helps consumers avoid dangerous products, not the other way around.
"In addition, following undulations, our application provides consumers with detailed information about their content in the product, including results of state-regulated tests and breed compliance, terpenic and cannabinoid profiles and other educationally informed information. , informed and safe consumption of legal cannabis, "concluded Pax's spokesman.
Juul did not immediately return a request for comment.
It is unclear whether Google will follow the needs and the company did not respond to us. However, if he decides to disable these applications, he will throw a wrench into at least one of Juul's ideas for keeping his products out of the hands of children, requiring an application for age verification to unlock them. This would mean it's back to the drawing board, people.