When it comes to selling tobacco products to underage kids, more Oklahoma retailers are obeying the law.

Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Commissioner Terri White says the noncompliance rate among state tobacco retailers is dropping.

"It's gone from eighteen percent in 2008 to only six-point-eight percent for this year, 2012," White told KTOK.

White says if the state exceeded a twenty percent noncompliance rate among retailers, it would lose about seven million federal dollars used to fund substance abuse programs.

White says ODMHSAS contracts with the Alcoholic Laws Enforcement Commission in conducting random compliance checks among retailers on an annual basis. The results are then reported to the federal government.