Apple bans vaping apps

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Last Friday, Apple removed more than 180 vaping apps from their App Store.

The ban comes after recent spikes in injuries and deaths directly related to e-cigarettes and vapes. As of Nov. 13, 42 deaths and more than 2,100 vaping-related illnesses have been reported in the United States, according to the CDC.

Apple stopped approving new vaping apps being added to the App Store back in June. Apple said that users who currently have the apps installed will still be able to use them.

Apple also updated their App Store review guidelines, stating that it prohibits “consumption of tobacco and vape products, illegal drugs, or excessive amounts of alcohol.”

If you search “vape” in the App Store today, you’ll mainly see apps that promote people to quit smoking.

As of Nov. 18, vaping-related apps are still available on Google Play.