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.

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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.

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The study also found that vapor from non-nicotine e-cigarettes has many “chemical additives,” causing cellular mutations” that can lead to cancer.

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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.