Apple plans to remove all 181 e-cigarette-related apps from the App Store today (Friday local time) as concerns grow about the health of e-cigarettes. At least 42 people have died in the U.S. from acute lung injuries linked to aerosol-related e-cigarettes, the youngest of whom is 17 years old, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In fact, Apple has never allowed merchants to sell e-cigarettes directly through apps, but some apps allow users to control the temperature of e-cigarettes, and others offer e-cigarette-related news, social networks and games.
In fact, Apple has been working in this direction since June. At the time, Apple announced it was ending its acceptance of new apps to promote e-cigarettes. Of course, users who already have e-cigarette-related apps installed on the iPhone will be able to continue to use it.
In response, Apple said in a statement: “We have been carefully developing the App Store to make it a trusted place for users, especially young people, to download apps.” We regularly evaluate these apps and refer to the latest evidence to identify risks that may affect users’ health. ”
“Recently, multiple lung injuries and deaths have been attributed by multiple experts to e-cigarettes, and even the spread of these devices has been called a public health crisis and youth epidemic. We also agree with this view and have updated the App Store Review Guide. As of today, the app will no longer be available for download. “