Apple is removing all 181 vaping related apps from its app store after the recent CDC report, according to which at least 42 people have died from vaping related lung illness.
Using an E-cigarette product is commonly known as vaping. Electronic cigarettes work by heating a liquid to produce an aerosol that users inhale into their lungs, and the liquid can contain nicotine, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabinoid (CBD) oils and other substances and additives. THC is the psychoactive mind-altering compound of marijuana that produces the “high”.
CDC (Centre for disease control and prevention) recommends that people should not use e-cigarette, or vaping, products that contain THC, particularly from informal sources like friends, or family, or in-person or online dealers.
Although, Apple has never directly allowed the sales of vape cartridges form the app, the apps would let people control temperature and lighting of the vaping pens, and others provided vaping related news, social networks and games.
“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”, said Apple in a statement to Axios.
Vaping has become quiet popular among teens and adults, and is the most commonly used form of tobacco. Unfortunately, the effect of e-cigarettes on health and the risks associated with it are being overlooked.