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Health & Fit Apple bans vaping apps from the App Store

17:10  15 november  2019
17:10  15 november  2019 Source:   cnbc.com

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Vaping apps are no longer allowed in Apple 's walled garden. In a statement given to Axios, the company confirmed that its App Store "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

Apple said Friday it would ban vaping apps from the App Store . It removed 181 apps related to vaping . The apps are a mix of store apps , games and hardware companion apps that let users regulate things like lighting and heating of vape pens. Apple device users who've already downloaded

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  • Apple said Friday it would ban vaping apps from the App Store. It removed 181 apps related to vaping.
  • The apps are a mix of store apps, games and hardware companion apps that let users regulate things like lighting and heating of vape pens.
  • Apple device users who've already downloaded the apps will be able to continue using them, the company said.
  • A disease related to vaping called EVALI, has now sickened 2,172 people and killed 42 people, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.

Apple said Friday it will ban vaping-related apps from its App Store and has removed all vaping-related apps the 181 currently available amid a lung illness crisis.

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The ban will hit 181 apps but anyone already using a vaping program will be able to continue using it. It said it took "great care" to ensure that the app store was a place people could trust to get programs for their iPhone. The vaping apps available via Apple 's store let people exercise control of

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The sale of tobacco and vaping cartridges has never been allowed through the App Store. The newly banned apps are instead a mix of store apps, games and hardware companion apps that let users regulate things like lighting and heating of vape pens.

"We've updated our App Store Review Guidelines to reflect that apps encouraging or facilitating the use of these products are not permitted," Apple told CNBC in a statement. "As of today, these apps are no longer available to download."

Apple device users who've already downloaded the apps will be able to continue using them, the company said.

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Apple is this morning removing all vaping apps from the App Store following yesterday’s CDC report that says that 42 people in the US have died from lung disease associated with e-cigarette use. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that there were a further 2

Apple has removed all apps relating to vaping from the App Store , citing warnings from health experts that the spread of vaping products and e-cigarettes constitutes a “public health crisis and a youth epidemic.” “[We’ve] updated our App Store Review Guidelines to reflect that apps encouraging

The move by Apple comes as cases of vaping-related illnesses continue to rise and officials struggle to rein in the outbreak. A condition called EVALI, short for e-cigarette, or vaping, product use associated lung injury, has now sickened 2,172 people and killed 42 people, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.

Apple has been trying to separate itself from vaping-related apps since June when the company stopped accepting new apps that promoted the use of vape products.

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

Officials last week announced a potential breakthrough in determining what is causing the vaping lung disease. Vitamin E acetate was detected in all 29 lung tissue samples tested, the CDC said. Officials called this compound a "potential toxin of concern."

Axios first reported the app removals Friday morning.

—CNBC's Angelica LaVito and Berkeley Lovelace contributed to this report.

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