Apple will remove all 181 vaping-related apps from its App Store on Friday, according to Axios.
Although Apple never had apps where people could buy and sell vape cartridges directly, it did have apps that let people control the temperature or lighting of their vape pens. Other apps also had vape-related news, social networks, and games.
The company stopped accepting new vape-related apps in June, and users who already have an app will still be able to have it on their phone and download it to a new device.
“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,” Apple said in a statement. “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 move comes amid growing concerns about the use e-cigarettes.
More than 2,100 cases of vaping-related illness and 42 deaths have been reported across the nation, according to the latest report from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention.