Cigarette smoking rates in New York state have fallen to 15.5 percent among adults. A recent survey of Fulton County 12th-graders revealed that 20 percent of youth in that age group have smoked a cigarette in the past 30 days. This is down from almost 40 percent in 2003. Our local retailers are doing a great job of keeping cigarettes and cigarette ads out of the view of young children. This will result in fewer youths beginning to smoke in the future.