Apple Bans all Vaping Apps from Store over Health Concerns
“We’re constantly evaluating apps to determine risks to users’ health and well-being.”-Apple.
“The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids applauds Apple for taking this important step and doing its part to address the youth e-cigarette epidemic.”Matthew L. Myers, President of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
The apps ranged from social networks, games and news feeds related to vaping to apps to control the e-cigarettes’ temperature and lighting. None of the apps facilitated the direct sale of e-cigarettes.
"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," Apple said in a statement to Axios.
“ Apple is setting a welcome example of corporate responsibility in protecting our kids.”Apple’s Statement to Axios
With this move, Apple aims to reduce youth exposure to the e-cigarette market and discourage their use.
(Written with inputs from Axios)
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