Apple has removed all vaping-related applications from the iOS App Store.
The technology giant was confirmed in a statement to Axiom that strict App Store guidelines now prohibit software that encourages or helps people vape.
Therefore, if you already have the vaping application installed on your device, you will be able to continue using it and will be able to download it again, according to Axiom.
"Experts from the CDC to the American Heart Association have linked various lung injuries and deaths with e-cigarette and vaping products, which so far have called the spread of this device a public health crisis and a youth epidemic," Apple's spokesman said in a statement to Axiom. "We agree, and we have updated the App Store Review Guidelines to reflect that applications that encourage or facilitate the use of this product are not permitted."
Apple's ban on vaping applications follows widespread reports of vaping-related diseases in the US and Canada. The Ministry of Health has confirmed eight possible health cases related to vaping in Canada. In the United States, there were more than 2,100 cases of vaping-related health problems on November 13, according to the CDC.
Applications designed to control cannabis-related vape products, such as the Pax Labs' Pax 3 application, have also been banned from the iOS App Store.
It is unclear whether Google also plans to ban vaping of related applications on the Play Store. MobileSyrup has contacted Google to comment.