JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) - A Mississippi anti-tobacco group is now coming out against e-cigarettes.
The Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi was created by the state's 1994 settlement with the tobacco industry.
It is encouraging communities to pass restrictions on e-cigarettes being used in public places.
According to the group, the state's high school e-cigarette rate has increased from 1.2 percent in 2010 to 10.3 percent in 2016.
"E-cigarettes are becoming the gateway to cigarette use," said Sandra Shelson, the executive director of The Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi.