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Apple faces criticism for banning e-cigarette apps

Last week, we talked about removing applications from electronic cigarettes from the App Store. Apple's decision was based on statistics from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which indicated the deaths of at least 42 people and the emergence of over 2,000 cases of lung problems from these devices. Still, the news was to be expected to be controversial.

THE PAX, one of the manufacturers affected by Apple's decision, published an open letter directed at Ma questioning the removal of apps from the App Store and opining that the injurious ban on millions of users who use electronic cigarettes as a medical treatment especially those who use it. cannabis therapeutically.

The company wrote the following:

At PAX, we are committed to creating technologies that enable older people to make informed and informed choices. Millions of consumers in 34 legalized states, including a large number of medical and veteran patients, rely on the PAX Mobile App to control session size and temperature, as well as turning on child-impersonating features to access our devices. Last Tuesday, we announced the new PodID feature, which in light of the recent threats posed by the illicit market gives consumers unprecedented access to information about what is in their capsules, including strain data, profile profiles, and more. cannabinoids and terpenes, tests by responsible agencies, and more.

The "recent threats posed by the illicit market" cited in the letter are a reference to one of the main arguments of those who opposed Apple's decision. Scientists note that the biggest danger posed by electronic cigarettes lies in vitamin E acetate, component used in the device cartridges. According to journalists, area experts and users, however, acetate is only present in cartridges sold by the alternative / illicit market, not by formally regulated companies.

PAX reminds you that your vapers they can still be used normally by users and those who have apps installed on their iPhones can continue to use them; The Android version of the company app is also still available on Google Play.

The manufacturer was not the only one to criticize Apple's decision. The famous columnist annimo da Macworld, The Macalope, wrote an article titled "You're not my dad, Apple," stating that removing apps is a patronizing attitude from Ma and questioning why alcohol-related apps remain available on the App Store.

Going the other way, columnist Jason Perlow in the ZDNet, criticized Apple for jeopardizing the integration of iOS with its electronic marijuana cigarette used by him (and thousands of other patients) as a treatment for his generalized anxiety disorder. According to Perlow, the app he uses controls some important aspects of his treatment, but Ma's crusade against the segment does not give good prospects for the future development of these solutions and, furthermore, throws another layer of stigma on users. in cannabis.

In the end, it is quite clear that Apple is not committing any crime in removing apps from the App Store if it wishes its store, and it has the right not to associate with segments or companies that, in its view, may bring problems to your image (as not allowed, for example, apps with adult / pornographic content). Still, the discussion needs to go deeper: to what extent is the inhibition of potential consumers making use of illegal products more important than the medical or therapeutic treatment of so many other users?

This is definitely not a simple question to answer, and we will have to wait to see if the company has something to talk about after the controversy. What do you guys think?

via Daring Fireball