Vaping apps removed from Apple App Store

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Vaping apps removed from Apple App Store
Vaping apps removed from Apple App Store

New Delhi : Apple Inc. has removed all the vaping apps from its App Store, citing warnings from experts who call vaping "a public health crisis" and "a youth epidemic."

"We have updated our App Store Review Guidelines to reflect that apps encouraging or facilitating the use of these products are not permitted, as of today, these apps are no longer available to download" The Verge quoted an Apple spokeperson’s statement on Friday.

According to the report, 181 applications have been removed from the App store, including games and companion apps that let users control things like lighting and heating on vaping devices. However, it must be noted that the already installed apps will continue to work.

Recently, experts ranging from the federal agency Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to the American Heart Association have attributed a variety of lung injuries and fatalities to e-cigarette and vaping products. Vaping is responsible for at least 42 deaths and more than 2,000 lung illnesses around US, the federal agency added.