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Apple has removed 181 vaping-related apps from its App Store

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What you need to know

  • Apple has removed 181 vaping-related apps from its App Store.
  • According to the CDC, 42 people have died from vaping-related lung illnesses.
  • Apple stopped accepting new apps that promote vaping in June of this year.

Apple has removed 181 vaping-related apps from its App Store amidst health concerns about the vaping and e-cigarettes.

According to an exclusive report from Axios:

Amid growing health concerns over e-cigarettes, Apple will remove all 181 vaping-related apps from its mobile App Store this morning, Axios has learned.

According to the report, the CDC claims that 42 people have died from vaping-related lung illnesses, mostly due to cartridges containing THC. Apple has never allowed apps where users can directly purchase e-cigarettes or vape cartridges, and in June this year, it stopped allowing new apps that promote vaping onto its app store.

In a statement to Axios Apple said:

"We take great care to curate the App Store as a trusted place for customers, particularly youth, to download apps. We're constantly evaluating apps, and consulting the latest evidence, to determine risks to users' health and well-being."

Onlookers welcomed the move, with Matthew Myers, president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids stating it "applauds" Apple, saying the move would help to reduce youth exposure and discourage use.

The report states that as of today, these apps will no longer be available to download from the App Store. Anyone who already has the apps will be able to continue using them, and they'll be able to install them on new devices. It's not clear however if you'll be able to reinstall an app once you've deleted it.

Stephen Warwick
Stephen Warwick

Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.

Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple.

2 Comments
  • They'll remove vaping-related apps, but keep games/movies containing people smoking, which is far worse for you. The "concerns" around vaping are literally just concerns at the moment, there's nothing proven yet. What we do know is that it's far better for you than smoking, so we shouldn't be hiding it, we should be encouraging it for smokers
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