PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – If you’re thinking electronic cigarettes are healthier than tobacco cigarettes, someone may be blowing smoke up your way.
According to researchers at the University of Connecticut, e-cigarettes are just as harmful to your health as tobacco cigarettes.READ MORE: Flyers Ripped By Hurricanes For 5th Straight Loss
In the past few years, e-cigarettes have been pushed as the “safer” choice compared to tobacco cigarettes. Thus, e-cigarettes have risen in popularity.
The University of Connecticut researchers crafted a screening device and discovered that e-cigarettes are filled with a nicotine-based liquid, which is “potentially as harmful as unfiltered cigarettes when it comes to causing DNA damage,” according to UConn Today’s report.READ MORE: Stray Bullet Kills Man Eating Thanksgiving Dinner Inside Norristown Home, Police Say
The study also found that vapor from non-nicotine e-cigarettes has many “chemical additives,” causing cellular mutations” that can lead to cancer.MORE NEWS: 2-Alarm Fire In Chester, Delaware County Leaves Woman Dead, Officials Say
According to one of the researchers, the amount of DNA damage all depends on the amount of vapor a person inhales with e-cigarettes, as well as other additives present and whether nicotine or non-nicotine liquid is used.