Apple Bans Vape-related Apps from the App Store

Apple says no more to vaping apps in their store

You may have heard that earlier this week Apple banned a bunch of apps related to vaping and e-cigarettes. 181 to be exact. These apps could be loosely or directly about vaping, anything from apps meant to pair with a specific device, such as the PAX III or the Storz & Bickel Crafty, to apps which direct people to retail stores where they can buy vape-related products, and even to apps which contain vaping content and news. Wow.

This isn’t a surprise to some, who saw the ban coming after Apple banned any new vaping apps from being added to the app store back in June. But taking away previously-approved apps is next level. The good news is that apps you’ve already installed should continue working. Although, there’s a ticking clock on those, too, because they won’t be getting any updates and eventually will probably no longer work.

Why is this happening?

It’s happening because people are getting sick and blaming it on vaping. I’m not here to say what the truth is — I’m no medical expert afterall — but I will say that vaping has been around for awhile now and these illnesses and deaths linked to it have only been in the news the last few months. While I’m certainly not suggesting there’s some sort of conspiracy, I will say that you can and should do your own research both on the recent news, and on the safety of the products you personally use.

Here at Volcano Tips we’re always preaching quality as the number one thing to consider when buying vaporizer products. That’s why we review the top brands and steer clear of the knock-offs — of which there are plenty. Whatever you decide about the news stories, fact is any health risks can only decrease when using quality products verses the cheap stuff.

This makes it all the more frustrating that apps by legitimate brands like Storz & Bickel, the company that makes the Volcano Vaporizer, and PAX, which has revolutionized discrete, handheld vapes, have gotten banned, too. These apps are how people use their products, and while some can be used without it, that’s definitely not how they were designed.

Is there really a health risk?

According to Apple, “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.” And, Apple adds, “We agree.”

But to be fair, the CDC says the risk is still unknown. They don’t know the exact cause of illness here. They are linking it to vaping products, but they can’t confirm yet what specifically people should avoid. Apple has taken this and run with it, forcing this sort of just-avoid-everything mentality.

So, again, everyone should do their own research. And if we’re waiting for the CDC to give us some official answer, we could be waiting awhile. In the meantime, there are plenty of vaporizers that function perfectly well without an app. Afterall, I’ve had my Classic Volcano since 2007.

Update: We’ve got the info for a workaround of this app ban. Read here!


  1. Brad Polkinghorn on November 20, 2020 at 11:37 pm

    To my knowledge apparently ALL deaths attributed to ‘vaping’ have been due to the person inhaling ILLEGALLY SOLD cannabis extracts (in pen type vaporizers) which were diluted/cut with Tocopherol Acetate (a form of Vitamin E commonly & safely added to food as an anti-oxidant).
    When inhaled this substance CAN (not all people experience it) trigger a cytotoxic cascade of reactions within lung cells resulting in their rapid death.

    The FDA has released a public statement essentially agreeing with the above, but it also states great caution is needed because not much evidence is available.

    To my knowledge NO PERSON has ever died or been hospitalized from correctly using either a commercial nicotine vaporizer (which use propylene glycol or related compounds as carrier agents) or from using a convection vaporizer such as the Volcano with herbal cannabis.

    Apple is just trying to protect their image as well as their legal ass, despite the fact that it means they are therefore unjustifiably discriminating against many healthy law abiding citizens. NOTE that S&B has NEVER advertised any of their products as cannabis vaporizing devices.

    Freedom is a relative & arguably rare thing!!!

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