Giving in to misinformation and hype, Apple has removed vaping apps from the App Store. The move shows that Apple’s App Store monopoly can crush small businesses for the sake of public relations.
By Chand Bellur
November 15, 2019 at 11:40 a.m. PDT
Apple to Ban Vaping Apps from App Store
Apple is well known to generate a reality distortion field, but they also exist in a bigger plane of misinformation. Giving in to the hype over vaporizer safety, Apple has pulled the plug on 181 apps related to vaping.
Apple released the following statement:
“We take great care to curate the App Store as a trusted place for customers, particularly youth, to download apps…”
The App Store already has mechanisms to deal with this issue. They do not allow apps that promote illegal activity. The current vaping epidemic is caused by contaminated black market cartridges, which are illegal. Promoting such products is already against App Store policies. Furthermore, children are protected by age ratings and parental controls. Apple’s move is more about public relations than public health.
Some Vaporizers Controlled by App
Several vaporizers on the market are controlled by smartphone apps. Without an app, the end user cannot adjust the temperature, shut off timer and other features of their vaporizer. Given that the App Store has a monopoly on iOS apps, some unlucky vape owners have their $300 vaporizer rendered useless by Apple’s careless move.
Does Vaping Cause Illness?
Apple’s move displays abundant ignorance about the crux of the vaping epidemic. Vaping morbidity and mortality is caused by illegal, black market vape cartridges. These black market products contain vitamin E acetate, which is used to thicken poor quality vape juices. Vitamin E acetate is toxic when inhaled and is the root cause of vaping-related illness.
The new policy punishes vaporizer vendors who follow the law. Many vaporizers only work with dry herbs. These do not harm the end user and are actually safer than smoking. Apple’s crude ban on vape apps actually does more harm than good, by preventing knowledge and access to beneficial dry herb vaporizers.