CUPERTINO, Calif.—Apple has announced it will ban vaping apps from its online store, a decision that will impact a total of 181 apps, reports New York Times.
The announcement came after a respiratory condition linked to vaping caused more than 40 deaths and more than 2,000 illnesses nationwide. The ban includes apps that help people locate vape stores or flavors, lets them control their vape pens or allows them to access games, news and social networks that promote vaping.
“We take great care to curate the App Store as a trusted place for customers, particularly youth, to download apps,” Apple said in a statement. “We agree, and we’ve updated our App Store Review Guidelines to reflect that apps encouraging or facilitating the use of these products are not permitted.”
In June, Apple stopped accepting new apps that promote vaping. Apple users who have already downloaded the apps will be able to continue using them and transfer them onto new devices. Apple’s decision was supported by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.