Both Google Play and the Amazon App store still have plenty of vape apps listed-some of which were also available on the Apple App Store-but these are Android app marketplaces and won't work on Apple Products. In recent weeks, infamous e-cigarette maker Juul announced it has stopped selling its fruit flavored pods until the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) assesses their safety, a move prompted by new CEO K.C. Crosthwaite.
Apple has also updated its App Store review guidelines. While Apple is removing those apps from its marketplace, as with other apps that have been taken off the App Store those who have already downloaded a vaping app will be able to keep using it.
Apple is taking a dramatic step to address what has become an increasingly concerning vaping problem.
Vaping is something that's garnered a fair amount of controversy lately.
CDC recommends that people should not use e-cigarette, or vaping, products that contain THC, particularly from informal sources like friends, or family, or in-person or online dealers.
"[This] marks an important moment as we embark on research initiatives that may offer incredible learnings in areas long sought after by the medical community", Apple's Chief Operating Officer Jeff Williams said.
US President Donald Trump said this week that he plans to meet with vaping industry representatives as he considers whether to ban flavored e-cigarette products following a deadly epidemic of vaping-linked lung injuries.
Data show that more than 5 million young people in the US use e-cigarettes, including roughly a quarter of all high school students. But in the past it did allow apps that served as hubs for news and information about vaping or even allowed users to control the lighting or temperature of their vaping devices.
"We are uniquely poised to translate this data into discovery that will lead to better awareness and empowerment around women's health issues on a global scale", she said in a statement. "Our hope is that others will follow our lead and follow with their own powerful message that nicotine and nicotine addiction caused by e-cigarette use are leaving thousands sick and dying across the globe".