Apple on Friday said it was banning steam-related apps from its App Store because of concerns that e-cigarette use could harm the lungs and even kill people.
Apple fully utilizes what's allowed on its virtual shop shelves, which serves as the only outlet of applications available on its popular mobile devices, including nearly 900 million iPhones around the world. "Recently, various experts from the CDC to the American Heart Association ranged from lungs to e-cigarettes and steam products. Identified as the cause of death , The expansion of the public health crisis of these devices has been described as a youth epidemic.
Apple said in response to an AFP query requested by an Axio report. "We agree and we have updated these App Store review guidelines to reflect that use of these applications cannot be encouraged or facilitated."
Apple has pulled 181 vaping-related apps from the App Store worldwide. According to a company based in California, tobacco and steam cartridges were never allowed in virtual shops, so applications included social networks, news, games, hardware or stores.
Nancy Brown, chief executive of the American Heart Association, said in a statement, "We are grateful that Apple is joining us and others on this historic day to play a major role in removing all the vaping applications in the Apple Store and countering their liars."
"It is our hope that others will follow our lead and follow their own strong message that e-cigarette use is causing thousands of nicotine and nicotine addicts to die ill and die worldwide."
Those who already have banned applications in the Apple gadget will be able to continue using them. Marcin President Donald Trump said this week that he plans to meet with representatives of the steamship industry because he prohibits flavored e-cigarette products following a deadly epidemic of lung-linked lung injury. Considering whether to do so.
The vaporization, already criticized as the "gateway" to tobacco or other addictions, has led to unprecedented investigations into the mysterious epidemic associated with e-cigarette use, which killed at least 4,000 young Americans.