With Valve Or External Passage Closure Patents (Class 131/223)
  • Patent number: 10966458
    Abstract: There is provided an aerosol-generating article including at least one blister capsule including a volatile liquid, the article further including a rupturing system including a first tube and a second tube both arranged in operational engagement defining a volume; the first and second tubes being movable relative to each other along a first motion path from a first position to a second position, such that the defined volume is larger in the first position than in the second position; the first tube including a first rupturing member arranged at least partially inside the first tube, such that in the first position the first rupturing member is contained completely in the defined volume; and, in the second position, the first rupturing member at least partially protrudes from the defined volume and is configured to rupture the capsule and to form an aperture extending through the capsule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventors: Frederic Ulysse Buehler, Rui Nuno Batista
  • Patent number: 9038642
    Abstract: An electronic cigarette is provided, comprising a cigarette rod (100) with smoke liquid and a battery, a cigarette holder (200) and a atomizer (300), the cigarette rod (100), the atomizer (300) and the cigarette holder (200) are connected successively, the battery provides power for the atomizer (300) to heat and atomize the smoke liquid, the atomized smoke liquid is discharged through the cigarette holder (200), wherein, a pressure-regulating valve component (400) is provided between the cigarette rod (100) and the atomizer (300) to adjust the flow of the smoke liquid, the pressure-regulating valve component is installed between the cigarette rod and the atomizer to control the flow of the smoke liquid of the electronic cigarette, enabling to adjust the amount of atomizing smoke liquid inhaled by user, and thus the taste of smoking can be adjusted to satisfy different users' need, and the tobacco bar inflows from the battery and control panel can be prevented to extend the life of the electronic cigarette.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Inventor: Qiuming Liu
  • Patent number: 8881738
    Abstract: A smoking device having an integrated lighter, a bowl for holding an igniteable vegetable product, and a duct for drawing smoke like a pipe. The device consists of an ignition switch located on the side of the pipe in natural proximity to the thumb, a piezo-electric ignition system, a flammable gas delivery system, a bowl for holding smoking material, and an aperature for drawing the smoke emitted from the ignited vegetable product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Inventor: Gary Bryman
  • Patent number: 8813747
    Abstract: A vaporizer system that supplies clean, heated air to vaporizable material by directing ambient air from an area surrounding the vaporizer system through a secure air passageway that leads the air through a pump, a heat source, and then onto the vaporizable material. The air passageway prevents the interaction of the air with possibly emissive components. The heated air drives out active ingredients from the vaporizable material, which may be subsequently captured in a removable container or inhaled directly. The vaporizer system includes an air chamber surrounding the receptacle for receiving the material to be vaporized which isolates the material from environmental disturbances. The removable container attaches to a valve, which attaches to the top of the vaporizer system. The valve is configured to be operable between three positions with the use of only one finger and a thumb of one hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: HexBG, LLC
    Inventors: Nathaniel Gibson, Michael Hexter, Kent Sands
  • Publication number: 20130333709
    Abstract: A non-combustion smoking tool, which uses a real filter cigarette as it is, and which vaporizes nicotine from the tobacco leaves without lighting the product to enable inhalation of the vaporized nicotine, has a problem that a smoker cannot take in 100% of the vaporized nicotine. Thus, a mouthpiece is designed to have an air flow control structure or an air flow control element, or to be combined with a cigarette guide tube, so as to enable the mouthpiece to vary the rate at which the nicotine vaporized from the tobacco leaves is taken in.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2011
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Inventor: Kazuhiko Shimizu
  • Publication number: 20130199547
    Abstract: A combustion apparatus includes a combustion chamber, an air chamber, an air supply, an air supply inlet, and an air supply outlet. The combustion chamber may hold a combustible substance within the air chamber. After the substance is ignited, the air chamber may be closed and pressurized to direct the substance through the combustion chamber and out of the air chamber for ingestion by a user. The apparatus facilitates controlled combustion, consumption, and exhaust of a substance. The apparatus further permits self-contained collection of waste and byproducts that may be generated during combustion of a substance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2012
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Inventors: Steve Popmarkov, James Gotshall
  • Patent number: 8037888
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a reconfigurable smoking pipe and a method of using the same for single handed operation. The reconfigurable smoking pipe comprises a base unit, a lighter holder, a bowl, a smoke chamber, a carburetor, a mouthpiece, and a plug. The base unit comprises multiple ports. The lighter holder is attached to the base unit. Each of the bowl, the smoke chamber, the carburetor, and the plug are detachably attached to any one of the ports of the base unit. A mouthpiece is detachably attached to anterior end of the smoke chamber. A user assembles the reconfigurable smoking pipe and inserts a lighter into the lighter holder. The user holds the reconfigurable smoking pipe in a smoking position using a single hand by gripping the inserted lighter and lights a smoking substance held in the bowl by operating the gripped lighter using the single hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Inventor: Leonard Gabriel Larios
  • Patent number: 7658197
    Abstract: A smoking pipe having a cleaning valve includes a pipe body with an internal bore. A combustion chamber is communicably connected with the bore. A cleaning valve is mounted adjustably within the bore. The valve includes a longitudinal channel and the valve is alternatable between a first position wherein the channel is communicably interconnects an orifice in the mouthpiece of the pipe and the combustion chamber and a second position wherein the channel is fully exposed so that it may be quickly and completely cleaned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2010
    Inventor: Alvaro Villagomez
  • Patent number: 6418936
    Abstract: A tobacco pipe (10) having a hollow stem (12) threaded to a manifold (20) on top of which a turret (30) is rotatably mounted. Turret (30) is of greater weight than that of manifold (20), so that any one of a plurality of turret magazines (33) remains stationary over a chamber (24) in the manifold (20) in their relative rotation, so that smoking tobacco in the aligned magazine (33) with such chamber (24) takes place through the hollow stem (12). A screen (28) seats in a recess 27 of a port (25) of manifold (20) at a sufficient distance from the turret's chamber (24), preventing scorching of screen (28) by a source of flame at/in chamber (24) in the aligned magazine (33).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2002
    Assignee: Sandia Corp.
    Inventor: Jake Lee
  • Patent number: 4922931
    Abstract: A smoke retention device having a collapsible chamber and an insert threadable into said collapsible chamber for holding a combustible material. A bag is secured over one end of the chamber and held in place by an elastic band. Valve mechanisms allow the user to draw air through the insert said air being directed through the combustible material and exhaling air back to the insert said exhaled air being directed through a second aperture back into the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 8, 1990
    Inventors: Donald H. Nare, Albert L. Schmeiser
  • Patent number: 4788988
    Abstract: A smoking device is disclosed whereby smoke and other gases of combustion can be diluted with air to a pre-selected mixture before being inhaled by a smoker. This is achieved by the use of a carbureting tube which can introduce a metered amount of air into a smoke chamber and thereby dilute the smoke to any desired concentration. The smoke is drawn into the smoke dilution chamber by a piston moving towards the outlet end of the chamber, and then pumped out of the smoke dilution chamber by reversing the motion of the piston. A water chamber may also be included to permit the smoke and other gases to be cooled prior to entering the smoke dilution chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 1987
    Date of Patent: December 6, 1988
    Inventor: Matthew G. Titus
  • Patent number: 4569136
    Abstract: To satisfy the sucking need present to some degree in all humans, a sucking device having the shape of a smoking pipe has its bowl filled with a consumable liquid which the user withdraws through the stem of the device by sucking on the stem mouthpiece. An adjustable needle valve is provided on the stem to regulate the sucking power required to receive the liquid in the mouth. The bowl of the device is provided with a cover on which is mounted a diaphragm valve or other one-way opening check valve through which air enters the bowl to prevent the formation of a vacuum therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 1984
    Date of Patent: February 11, 1986
    Inventor: Martha T. Loring
  • Patent number: 4480645
    Abstract: A smoking device composed of a tubular body having a one-way valve between an inlet and an outlet which is adapted to permit smoke to flow from the inlet to the outlet and wherein ports are provided between the one-way valve and the outlet so that when smoke is expelled through the device it will pass through the ports and down tubular lengths which are provided and connected in fluid communication with the ports and each of which contains a one-way valve to permit exhaust of the smoke.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 1983
    Date of Patent: November 6, 1984
    Inventor: Randolph Albury
  • Patent number: 4327748
    Abstract: A smoking device holder includes a device receiver secured to a smoking mouthpiece with a hand-operated valve located within the smoking device receiver for the purpose of controlling smoking by adjusting, reducing, or eliminating the smoke consumed by the smoker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 1981
    Date of Patent: May 4, 1982
    Inventor: George F. Divis
  • Patent number: 4294267
    Abstract: An integral smoking pipe is provided. The pipe includes a burning chamber or bowl, a tobacco storage chamber and a resin collecting chamber or clean-out area. The resin collecting chamber and the burning chamber communicate through one or more common apertures. The smoking aperture or mouth piece communicates with the burning chamber via the resin collecting chamber. Suitable caps or stoppers are provided for each of the chambers. The caps in at least one of the chambers, e.g. the burning chamber, may include a tine for cleaning the apertures between the burning chamber and the resin collecting chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 1977
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1981
    Inventor: Ronald C. Glymph
  • Patent number: 4250900
    Abstract: A cigarette holder that selectively permits a smoker to draw either fully filtered smoke or else unfiltered smoke; the holder including a snorkel tube clipped to an aide of the cigarette holder, a forward end of the snorkel tube being impalled in a side of the cigarette forwardly of the cigarette filters, and a rear end of the snorkel tube being aligned alongside the cigarette holder mouthpiece so to permit the holder in a modified design thereof including a tongue-controlled valve so to draw either through the holder or the snorkel; and the holder in a further modified design including a means for injecting into the smoke stream desired elements such as menthol vapors, various gases, talc or clay powders, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 1978
    Date of Patent: February 17, 1981
    Inventors: Robert A. Campbell, George Spector
  • Patent number: 4224953
    Abstract: A pipe to be used for smoking with a bowl, where the tobacco being smoked is burned, having three cavities or chambers defined therein. One of the chambers is a burning chamber wherein the tobacco to be smoked is burned, beneath the burning chamber is a screen, a control valve that varies the diameter of the passage between the burning chamber and a cooling chamber underneath this valve. A second screen separates the cooling chamber from a third chamber, called the filtering chamber. The filtering medium is the same substance being smoked and it is packed and held inside the filtering chamber with a third screen that is placed at the end of the filtering chamber. The third screen in turn is held in place when the bowl is connected to the stem. Finally, a mouthpiece is connected to the stem. The ends of the bowl piece may be interchanged, thereby providing two choices for the size of the burning chamber to be used depending on the amount of substance to be smoked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 1978
    Date of Patent: September 30, 1980
    Inventor: Socrates Alvarez
  • Patent number: 4161954
    Abstract: A smoking apparatus comprising a pipe bowl for holding burning smoking material, means for connecting the pipe bowl to a means for containing water, means for drawing smoke from the pipe bowl through water contained in the water-containing means before it is discharged from the apparatus and valve means located in the pipe bowl, having a closed position for preventing smoking material in the pipe bowl from falling into the water-containing means and an open position for dumping the residue and ash from the smoking material burned in the pipe bowl into the water-containing means. The pipe bowl comprises a generally cylindrical interior surface. In one embodiment the valve means comprises a disk-shaped member and means connected to the disk-shaped member for rotating the disk-shaped member between its open and closed positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 1977
    Date of Patent: July 24, 1979
    Inventor: Bert F. Fornaciari
  • Patent number: 4133318
    Abstract: A tubular water pipe embodying an electrical heating element in its base operable by use of a momentary on/off switch forming a part thereof and divided into separate chambers. The lower chamber collects smoke of a burning product such as tobacco and the upper chamber containing water cools the smoke when drawn therethrough by the smoker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 1977
    Date of Patent: January 9, 1979
    Inventors: Ronald Gross, Jimmy L. Whitfill
  • Patent number: 4044781
    Abstract: A smoker's accessory comprising a water pipe having an inhalation chamber and a bowl assembly connected thereto and including a hopper for herb to be smoked and a manually operated valve and bowl cavity member for dispensing a measured quantity of herb to the bowl cavity, and displacing the latter between a first, lighting position in which air to the inhalation chamber is drawn from the bowl cavity, and a second position in which air to the inhalation chamber is drawn directly from the atmosphere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 1976
    Date of Patent: August 30, 1977
    Inventor: James E. Heggestuen