Dear Cigar & Pipe Friends,

Since the implementation of the Plain Packaging Legislation came into effect in December 2012, which included the banning of display of tobacco and associated products within retail stores and websites, our business has suffered a downturn as many customers sought alternative sources from the offshore websites.

Australian consumers have the ability to purchase tobacco products online overseas or when travelling and when paying the duty, Australian customs allow the original packaging.
Yet if any Australian tobacconist were to sell in original packaging, they face a fine of $250,000.

As up to 70% of our business being for gift giving, the plain packaging became repugnant and customers turned to other kinds of gift items.

Sadly after 16 years of trading, last year we closed our store in Martin Place and now we have closed our website.

For your future requirements of cigars & accessories, pipe & rolling tobacco, we are happy to recommend our friendly competitor, Sol Levy Tobacconist, located at 713 George Street, Sydney (Haymarket) Contact 9211 5677 or go to their website at sollevy.com.au.

For ourselves, Pauline and I now enter into 'semi-retirement', keeping active and enjoy more time for leisure.

We sincerely thank all our customers for their support and the good times we had together with all who attended our cocktail and dinner events of the past years.

Warmest regards,

Norman & Pauline

Bogart's