It has been reported that Apple is removing all the vaping apps from its App Store. The company has taken this decision when it came to know that after numerous reports of lung injuries associated with e-cigarettes. The reports say that the e-cigarettes have affected thousands in the U.S. and 42 deaths occurred up till now.
Apple has confirmed that it is not allowing the sale of vape cartridges directly from its apps, the app store contains numerous vaping-related apps, roughly estimated 181 in total. However, Apple says that it has now removed them completely. So it means that total 181 apps will not be available on iPhones. Some users have also reported that they have searched for several vaping-related apps that were previously available in App store but now they are unable to them.
Apple Vaping Apps Ban: Will it Really Bring Any Positive Change?
Here the question arises that will this move really bring any positive change? As the matter of the fact is that these Vaping apps on App Store were not so popular. It is also not clear how much of a positive impact Apple’s vaping app ban is really bringing to the mess?
Apple Spokesperson said:
“Recently, experts ranging from the CDC to the American Heart Association have attributed a variety of lung injuries and fatalities to e-cigarette and vaping products, going so far as to call the spread of these devices a public health crisis and a youth epidemic, 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.”
The vaping apps available via Apple’s store were allowing users to exercise control of some features of e-cigarettes while others simply provided updates to the people about the vaping or offered themed games. However, Apple has also given the confirmation that anyone who already had a vaping app on their iPhone would be able to use it. Moreover, they are also able to transfer it to any new Apple device.
So, if these apps are still transferable from one Apple device to an another device then what’s the point of the ban? Again the question arises here that really this ban will bring any change? Personally, i think that if we can easily transfer one app from one device to another then what’s the point of banning?
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