An improved container for a smokeless tobacco can is provided. The container comprises a bottom portion that interlocks with a lid portion. A unitarily form side wall surrounds the base portion and the lid portion. The lid comprises a plurality of sealing mechanisms therein that creates an airtight seal when the lid is interlocked with the bottom portion.
The use of smokeless tobacco products is widespread. Chewing tobacco is one particular form of smokeless tobacco. Smokeless tobacco is created through curing tobacco. Curing is a controlled process in which the leaves are gradually dried. Chewing tobacco uses long strands of whole leaves and is consumed by placing a portion of the tobacco between the cheek and gum or teeth and chewing. By chewing the tobacco, the flavor and nicotine is released. Snuff is smokeless tobacco that is grounded into a fine powder and is inhaled through the nose. Moist snuff or dip is placed onto the gums instead of sniffed.
Smokeless tobacco is usually sold in circular cardboard or metals cans. In order to open the can, the consumer will break the paper seal and remove the lid. However, this method of packaging can lead to problems. The lid can become easily deform and once the paper seal of the can is broken, it fails to provide a tight seal. This results in a loss of moisture, freshness, and flavor. Therefore, a new way to store the tobacco can is needed.SUMMARY
The present invention overcomes the foregoing and other problems with a smokeless tobacco can holder. The present embodiment of the invention is a way to store a tobacco can after the can has been opened. Since the original lid of the can is inadequate, the present invention proposes a way to seal the product with a new lid. The present invention is a can whose dimensions allow for the typical tobacco can to fit inside. The original lid is discarded and replaced with the invention's lid.
In the preferred embodiment, the bottom and lid have a diameter of 2¾ inches. The can and lid have a thickness of 1/16 of an inch and are made with stainless steel. In the preferred embodiment, the bottom stands at ⅝ of an inch in height. The top quarter inch of the bottom can is threaded. It has ridges on the internal diameter of the can that allow the top to screw in. The bottom quarter of the lid has the same type of ridges, so it can securely engaged into the bottom.
The lid of the invention has a gasket at the top of the threading. A gasket is a mechanical seal that fills the space between two mating surfaces that prevents leakage from or into the joined objects. In the preferred embodiment, the type of gasket used is a Teflon or rubber O-ring. Inside the lid, a cork medallion or a round piece of cork which is ⅛ of an inch in thickness is attached to the bottom of the lid. It is surrounded by another O-ring gasket. The gaskets and the cork are necessary for keeping the appropriate moisture level, the freshness and flavor. The original tobacco can is placed inside the invention and the consumer would screw the present invention's lid over the can. This will protect the tobacco and the tobacco can.
The foregoing outlines some of the more pertinent aspects of the present invention these aspects should be constructed to be merely illustrative of some of the more prominent features and applications of the invention. Many other beneficial results can be obtained by applying the disclosed invention in a different manner of modify the invention as will be described. Accordingly, other aspects and a fuller understanding of the invention may be had by referring to the following detailed description of the preferred embodiment.
Referring now to the drawings, particularly
Bottom (31) further comprises a base portion (10) and sidewall (20). In the illustrated embodiment, the base (10) consists of a circular, planar surface on which the bottom side of a can of smokeless tobacco will rest. The sidewall (20) extends circumferentially upward from the peripheral edges of the base (10). The sidewall (20) extends to height in which the present invention can contain the can of smokeless tobacco. In the disclosed embodiment, disposed along the interior of the sidewall (20) approximately at the top quarter inch are a set of ridges (30) which allow the lid (21) of the present invention to interlock securely to the bottom (31). Can holder (11) conforms to the shape of smokeless tobacco can. In the illustrated embodiment, the smokeless tobacco can would be circular in shape.
In normal use, a can of smokeless tobacco is inserted into the can holder (11) with the underside of the can of smokeless tobacco disposed atop the base (10) of the bottom (31). The user discards the original lid of the smokeless tobacco can and engages the lid (21) of the present invention with the bottom (31).
In the disclosed embodiment, the lid (21) also contains the first sealing mechanism, a gasket (55) which is a tubular ring made of rubbery material. The gasket (55) is circular in nature and has an opening through the center. It is placed along the outer peripheral edge of the lid (21) surrounding the top of the ridges (40). The gasket (55) provides the means for the present invention to protect and seal in the flavor and moisture of the smokeless tobacco.
It should be appreciated by those skilled in the art that the specific embodiments disclosed above may be readily utilized as a basis for modifying or designing other structures for carrying out the purposes of the present invention. It should also be realized by those skilled in the art that such structures do not depart from the spirit and scope of the invention as set forth in the appended claims.
1. A smokeless tobacco can container comprising:
- the container being cylindrical having a bottom portion adapted to securely interlock with a lid portion; the lid portion and the bottom portion having a similar central point and diameter;
- the bottom portion having: a flat surface base defined by an exterior side, an inner side and an outer peripheral edge surrounding the base; the base has a wall surrounding, the outer peripheral edge; the wall extends upwards from the outer peripheral edge of the base to an opened upper end; the wall having a predetermined depth forming a compartment for receiving a can of smokeless tobacco; an interior side of the wall includes interior fastening mechanism circumferentially surrounding near opened upper end;
- the lid portion having:
- a flat panel having an exterior side, an inner side and an outer peripheral edge around the base;
- the panel has a wall surrounding the outer peripheral edge;
- the wall extends downward from the outer peripheral edge of the panel to an opened upper end;
- the wall of the panel having a predetermined depth to support a smokeless can of tobacco;
- the wall of the panel including a second fastening mechanism surrounding the exterior surface near the opened upper end; a circular base with a wall extending downwards that is attached to the peripheral edge of the base wherein the interior fastening mechanism of the bottom securely interlock with the exterior fastening mechanism of the lid for an airtight seal that are placed into the inner diameter at the top of the can.
2. The can holder of claim 1 wherein the lid further comprises:
- a first sealing mechanism having a flat surface area with the same dimensions and shape corresponding to the base of the lid portion;
- the first sealing mechanism being made of a breathable material;
- and which is attached to an bottom side of the lid.
3. The can holder of claim 2 wherein the first sealing mechanism is made of a cork like material.
4. The can holder of claim 2 wherein the lid further comprises:
- a second sealing mechanism a with an interior opening that circumferentially surrounds the outer peripheral edge of the first sealing mechanism.
5. The can holder of claim 1 further comprising a third sealing mechanism with an interior opening circumferentially surrounding an outer peripheral edge of the opened top end of the lid wherein an air tight seal is formed when the lid is interlocked with the bottom.
Filed: Jul 6, 2011
Publication Date: Jan 10, 2013
Inventor: Charles Cortez (Houston, TX)
Application Number: 13/176,929
International Classification: A24F 23/00 (20060101);