Is vaping a better alternative to smoking cigarettes?

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BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) -- The third Thursday in November is known as the Great American Smokeout. It's where smokers put their cigarettes down for a day.

Vaping is seemingly a growing trend among people who want an alternative to cigarette smoking.

"It's a combustion-free way of taking in nicotine that stimulates the way that you would smoke," said Arthur Kineard, owner of Dr. Vape It said.

Staff at Dr. Vape It in Panama City, Florida sell vape pens. They say it's an alternative to smoking tobacco cigarettes.

"It has no carcinogens in it like tobacco does, so that's the bad part of tobacco," Kineard said. "It puts all the tar and stuff in your lungs which affects the way you breathe."

Kineard switched to vape pens years ago and says the change has had a positive effect on his health.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, e-cigarettes can contain harmful and potentially harmful substances.

Some online sources say while e-cigs and vape pens can look similar, they function differently. However, the CDC says the two are the same.

"Is it less harmful for you than tobacco cigarettes? Absolutely. I would say it's probably about 95 percent safer for you than cigarettes," Kineard said.

Some say vaping has helped them break away from their tobacco fix.

"I started vaping. Vaping stopped me from smoking and I've just been doing it for a couple years now," Senyor Thicklin, a Panama City local said.

"I feel like the vape pen doesn't do it enough for me," Jon Coleman, vape pen and cigarette smoker said. "I feel like the cigarettes really deliver the punch that I'm looking for."

According to the CDC, e-cigarettes have the potential to benefit some people and harm others. They say scientists are still working to find out if vaping is an effective tool to quit smoking.