Apple has removed all vape related apps from its App Store.
Vape users are being left in the smoke after Apple bans vape related apps from the App Store. The tech giant made its decision amid reports by the CDC. The report, published Thursday, November 19th, concluded that 42 people have died from lung injuries associated with e-cigarette use. Vaping has been getting a bad name over the past few months, and it is likely to get worse. After a number of people were hospitalized for a mysterious vaping related illness caused by Vitamin-E acetate,
Apple never allowed apps that sold vape cartridges, but it did allow apps that offered up vape-related news or provided controls for vape devices. Some companies, such as Storz & Bickel and PAX, relied heavily on Apple’s App Store to add technology to vaporizer devices and those companies are unhappy with Apple’s recent ban.
PAX has asked Apple to rethink its decision.
PAX creates several vaporizers that are designed to be controlled and customized through iOS and Android apps. The now-banned PAX Mobile app allowed PAX vaporizer users to adjust the vaporizer temperature, set parental controls, verify the authenticity of cartridges, and change the colors of the lights on the devices.
PAX says that while it respects Apple’s leadership, it is concerned with Apple’s ban because it prevents consumers in legal stages from “having access to important information and the ability to better control their cannabis experience.”
In a recent statement, Apple said that it completely agrees with the CDC’s judgement that the spread of vaping devices is a “public health crisis and youth epidemic.”
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.
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. As of today, these apps are no longer available to download.
“At PAX, we are committed to delivering technology that enables adults to make educated, informed choices.”
The company mentions its new PodID feature, which is designed to offer consumers “unprecedented access” to the information about the contents of vape pods, including cannabis strain information, terpene and cannabinoid profiles, and access to state regulated lab results, which can ultimately help concentrate vaporizer users avoid illicit and phony cartridges.
The good news is, if you have already downloaded the PAX Mobile app on iOS then you can continue to use. At least PAX says that all PAX devices can be used without the app and temperature can be changed on the device alone.