US 2702033 A
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Feb. 15, 1955 H. H. PARDEMAN 2,702,033
INHALER SHAPED LIKE A CIGARETTE Filed Oct. 9. 1951 FIGZS INVENTOR HENRY H. PARDEMAN ATTORNEY INHALER SHAPED LIKE A CIGARETTE Henry H. Pardeman, West Shokan, N. Y.
Application October 9, 1951, Serial No. 250,513 9 Claims. (Cl. 128-201) The invention relates to improvements in an inhaler shaped like a cigarette. Other inhalers of similar nature have approximated the appearance of a burning cigarette in order to create the impression in others that the user is actually smoking; the first object of my invention is to create this impression in the user himself. The user is made to forget that he is not actually smoking. My inhaler has the feel of a real cigarette when the user has it between his lips; its weight is exactly the same as that of a real cigarette; its balance is the same; it yields to the pressure of the lips and teeth in approximately the same way as a real cigarette; the lips touch a surface which has the unmistakable feel of paper, a feel which can not be reproduced by any solid plastic or similar material. On touching the end of my inhaler the tongue seems to feel the roughness of real tobacco flakes; and drawing on it produces a taste sensation that has the same strongintensity as that of tobacco smoke.
My inhaler is made to deceive the users senses, chiefly those of feel, touch, and intensity of taste, to the end that his habitual craving for a burning cigarette is deceived into accepting my inhaler as a satisfactory substitute.
That there is a need for such an inhaler is beyond question. It is a well known fact that many smokers have the desire to smoke less, or that they would like to give up the habit. My inhaler is of particular usefulness to members of the Armed Forces, who must endure long and relatively inactive periods of nervous tensionwhich tend to promote excessive smoking. Many times this nervous tension must be endured under conditions which make non-smoking rules necessary, and my inhaler is of even greater usefulness then.
I attain these, objects by the means illustrated in the accompanying drawing, in which Figure 1 is an enlarged longitudinal section of the entire inhaler. Figure 2 is its enlarged right side view, and Figure 3 is a greatly enlarged longitudinal section of an arrangement of parts used to store and to expose the volatile material. Similar numerals refer to similar parts throughout the several views.
The outer tube 1 shown in Figure l is made of a white paper having pronounced wet strength characteristics and having a mat surface texture, or of other suitable material having the appearance of white paper and a mat surface texture. The tube 1 is approximately in the shape of a cylinder, although care is taken during its making to introduce irregularities in order to reproduce the deviations from true roundness which are observable in the outer shape of all real cigarettes. The thickness of the material used to make tube 1 is preferably from two to five times the thickness of real cigarette paper. The left end of outer tube 1, which is the end bordering on the portion which forms the artificial ash, has a small band of dark brown coloring around its circumference, of which the darkest part is at the extreme end adjoining the artificial ash, and which lightens in color gradually through its width in the direction towards the right end. The outside diameter of this outer tube 1 is preferably two to five per cent smaller than the diameter of a real cigarette. This reduction produces a more natural feel when the user has the structure between his lips, and for the same reason the diameter of outer tube 1 isfurther reduced at its extreme right end, so that its longitudinal section at that end has the shape of the beginning of a parabola.
The artificial ash at the left hand side of Figure 1 Patented Feb. 15, 1955 is formed out of a suitable adhesive cement 2, which has small chips 3 of milk white translucent material imbedded therein. These chips 3 should have a hardness of not more than 90 durometer, because material of this relative softness can more readily be formed into flakelike chips, simulating ash particles in a most convincing manner, and the sharp edged chips so produced will not injure the skin of the user on accidental contact A number of very small red tinted mirrors 4, some of them having a convex or concave surface or a combination thereof, are also somewhat deeply imbedded in the adhesive cement 2, creating the illusion of hidden fire. A small hole 5 pierces the artificial ash end as shown in Figure 1.
Figure 2 shows the right end, and illustrates how a relatively short cylinder 6 is snugly fitted into outer tube 1, and is prevented from sliding further into outer tube 1 by a circular ridge 7, as shown in Figure 1. This cylinder 6 is made out of a softly yielding material having a hardness of from 35 to durometensimulating the softness of rolled tobacco flakes. A'small hole 8 is provided through its approximate center,and its right end face is deeply pitted with small indentations as shown in Figures 1 and 2, simulating the rough appearance and the rough feel of a cigarette end.
Figure 3 shows an arrangement of parts used to store and to expose the volatile material. Part 9 is a wick with preferably circular cross section. This wick 9 is centrally positioned within sleeve 10, and thereby within outer tube 1, as shown in Figure 1, by means of two identical springs 11, 11 having orifices 12, 12, through which the wick is inserted. The size of orifices 12, 12 is important: the area of each hole should be from 9 percent to 38 per cent smaller than the area of the wicks 9 cross section. A short vcylindrical sleeve 13 fits somewhat loosely over a portion of wick 9. In operation, the arrangement of these parts acts as follows:
The wick 9'is saturated with a strong volatile material which is presented to an air stream created by the users sucking on the inhaler. A portion of the wick 9 is covered by the sleeve 13, which arrangement holds a considerable amount of volatile material in storage by capillary attraction, thereby forming a reservoir of volatile material protected from evaporation. As the volatile material is slowly used up by the air stream acting on the exposed portions of wick 9 it is slowly replenished from the reservoir of volatile material within sleeve 13, traveling to the exposed portions of wick 9 through metering orifices 12, 12, until the exposed portions of wick 9 are fully saturated again. The springs l1, 11 with their exactly centered orifices 12, 12hold the wick 9 in positive alignment in relation to all other parts of the structure, so that there is no chance of the wick 9 touching any part of the structure except springs 11, 11 and sleeve 13. The creeping of the volatile material to other parts of the structure is thereby prevented, and the volatile material is not presented for evaporation in a greater area than that intended by the exactly dimen sioned'exposed portions of wick 9. The springs 11, 11 form the only possible path from the saturated wick 9 to any other part of the structure, but since the springs 11, 11 are fashioned out of smoothly surfaced metal the chances of the volatile materials creeping along this path is very slight. Any creeping that does occur along the metal springs 11, '11 is effectively stopped by .the
I glass smooth surface of sleeve 10 which is preferably made out of cellophane. All parts, the cylinder 6, the sleeve 10, the springs 11, 11, and the wick 9, are held in their relative positions in relation to outer tube 1 by frictional contact which may be augmented by the use of an adhesive. a.
1. An inhaler shaped like a burning cigarette having small mirrors embedded in an artificial ash end, having a wick, having, in combination, means for holding said wick in a centrally fixed position in relation to a larger tubular part surrounding said wick so that said tubular part will not touch the wick at any point, said wick being partially covered by an unperforated sleeve which fits over said wick, the inhaler thereby being such a true reproduction of a real burning cigarette in regard to appearance, weight, balance and intensity of taste sensation that the user's craving for a burning cigarette is being satisfied by the deception of his senses of sight, feel, and taste.
2. An inhaler shaped like a burning cigarette having a simulated ash end, said ash end comprising chips having a hardness of 90 Shore durometer, A scale, or less.
3. An inhaler shaped like a burning cigarette having an artificial ash end containing small orange colored mirrors.
4. An inhaler shaped like a burning cigarette having an artificial ash end containing small orange-red colored mirrors.
5. An inhaler shaped like a burning cigarette having an artificial ash end containing small red colored mirrors.
6. An inhaler shaped like a burning cigarette having an artificial ash end containing small mirrors having curved surfaces.
7. An inhaler shaped like a burning cigarette having a tube with an inner glossy surface surrounding a wick, said tube being fixedly positioned in relation to the wick so that the tube will not touch the wick at any point.
8. An inhaler shaped like a burning cigarette having a wick in a fixed position in relation to a tubular part References Cited in the file of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS 455,614 I Gonzales July 7, 1891 726,037 Ferre Apr. 21,, 1903 957,548 Doane May 10, 1910 962,617 Bucceri June 28, 1910 2,342,853 Furstenberg Feb. 29, 1944 2,442,004 Hayward-Butt May 25, 1948 2,445,476 Folkman July 20, 1948 2,479,002 Ceperly Aug. 16, 1949