Perhaps they can use these set of questions as a guideline:
1. Are you a smoker or non-smoker?
2. Have you ever heard of an e-cigarette?
3. Have you ever used an e-cigarette?
4. Where did you hear about e-cigarettes?
5. Do you believe that e-cigarettes can help stop smoking?
6. Do you feel that e-cigarettes are advertised to children? If so, where is your proof? Is your proof up-to-date?
7. When you were a teenager, what illegal substances did you imbibe in? What makes e-cigs any different in your opinion?
8. Are you afraid of e-cigarettes? Why or why not?
9. If e-cigarettes are helping create a small business economy and helping the general economy grow? Why do you want to shut those same businesses down?
10. If some people have found e-cigarettes to be the only way to help them stop smoking? Why stop them from using it in the first place?
In fact, why not send these questions out to your leaders not only in your community, but in the city, state, and even the country. If anything it will get people talking about this issue and even get them thinking about it...perhaps put that little bug in their ear too. Even a letter to the editor might be a good thing as well.
Since I sign petitions a lot for many issues and I'd like to be more involved in my activism, I think I'll take my own advice and do these things and then let you know how it goes...even as far as posting up a response letter if I get one. In addition, by doing something like this with one issue, perhaps this rule of thumb can apply for all issues.