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y 1967 s. RINDNER 3,320,953
MOUTH INHALER SIMULATING SMOKING DEVICE Filed Aug. 6, 1964 INVENTOR. SHEPERD RINDNER Y M QW Afrbnmavs United States Patent 3,320,953 MOUTH INHALER SIMULATING SMOKING DEVICE Shepard Rinduer, 1704 N. 36th St, Milwaukee, Wis. 53208 Filed Aug. 6, 1964, Ser. No. 387,883 2 Claims. (Cl. 128--201) This invention relates to inhalers and more particularly to inhalers simulative of the various means by which tobacco may be smoked.
A primary object of this invention is to provide an inhaler which permits the user to discontinue the smoking of tobacco but which allows the user to have the psychological benefits of manipulating a device such as a cigarette or pipe in the hands or mouth.
Another object of this invention is to provide an inhaler which when used in the manner of a cigarette or pipe, will provide a pleasant and stimulating effect to the user through the inhalation of a volatile agent.
A further object of this invention is to provide an inhaler which may be simply and easily constructed from a wide variety of materials.
Yet another object of this invention is to provide an inhaler in which the volatile agent may be easily replaced or exchanged.
An additional object of this invention is to provide an inhaler wherein the passage of air therethrough is restricted to simulate inhaling or drawing through a cigar, cigarette, or pipe and to conserve the volatile agent.
The above and other objects of this invention will be best understood by reference to the following description taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawing which shows an inhaler constructed in accordance with the present invention:
FIGURE 1 is a sectional view of an inhaler resembling a cigar employing the present invention;
FIGURE 2 is another embodiment of the present invention resembling a cigarette;
FIGURE 3 is a sectional view taken along line 3-3 of FIGURE 1;
FIGURE 4 is an inhaler resembling a pipe employing the present invention; and
FIGURE 5 is another embodiment of an inhaler resembling a pipe.
Referring now to FIGURE 1, there is shown therein an inhaler in the form of a cigar provided with a tubular barrel 1. Barrel 1 contains a plug 3 at one end thereof having a plurality of small holes 5. Barrel 1 also contains plug 7, shaped in the manner of a mouthpiece containing a plurality of small holes 9. Barrel 1 and plugs 3 and 7 may be constructed of a variety of material, including wood, paper, plastic, metal, or glass. Barrel 1 is colored by painting, printing or covering with a thin layer of printed paper, to resemble the exterior of a leaf tobacco cigar. Plug 3 is colored to resemble the fire and ash of a lighted cigar while plug 7 is colored to resemble an ivory or plastic cigar holder.
Plugs 3 and 7 are mounted on barrel 1 by means of threads 11 and 13 allowing the plugs to be removed for cleaning the inhaler and for the insertion of tube 15. Tube 15 contains perforated stoppers 17 and 19 and volatile material 21. Material '21 consists of an absorbent base, such as silica gel, saturated or impregnated with an aromatic compound such as menthol, peppermint oil, or Spearmint oil.
Tube 15 is mounted in barrel 1 by means of a plurality of springs 23. Springs 23 are mounted in barrel 1 in a flexed position by means of rings 25 and 27. The flexure of springs 23 retains tube 15 in a central position in barrel 1, as shown in FIGURE 3, yet allows its removal and replacement in the event the aromatic compound in material 21 has become exhausted or because it. is desired to switch from one compound to another.
The plurality of small holes 5 and 9 in plugs 3 and 7 restrict the air flow through the inhaler producing an effect similar to that of drawing air through a cigar or other smoking device and conserving the aromatic compound in material 21.
FIGURE 2 shows an inhaler resembling a cigarette. This inhaler contains a barrel 101 which may be constructed of the same materials as barrel 1 but which is colored to resemble the exterior of a cigarette. Plug 103 mounted on one end of barrel 101 resembles plug 3 and may in actual practice be identical to facilitate manufacture. Plug 107 mounted on the other end of barrel 101 contains a plurality of fine holes 109 to restrict the air flow through the inhaler. Plug 107 is colored to resemble the cork tip or filter tip of an actual cigarette. Fine holes 109 may also be employed to give plug 107 the semblance of a cigarette filler.
Tube engages, with a sliding fit, the interior of barrel 101 and contains a volatile material similar to that described above.
FIGURE 4 shows an inhaler shaped in the manner of a pipe. Barrel 201 has a hollow pipe bowl 203 at one end thereof. A plug 204 in hollow bowl 203 is colored and textured to resemble burning pipe tobacco, and contains a plurality of fine holes 205. A pipe bit 207 is mounted at the other end of barrel 201 and contains a plurality of fine holes 209. A tube 15, similar to that described above, is mounted in barrel 201 in the same manner as shown in FIGURES l and 3.
FIGURE 5 shows another embodiment of an inhaler resembling a pipe. 'Bit 307 is mounted at one end of barrel 301 and contains a plurality of fine holes 309 to restrict the air flow therethrough. A hollow bowl 303 containing cavity 304 is mounted on the other end of barrel 301. A large plug 305 completes the enclosure of cavity 304 and is removably mounted on bowl 303 by means of threads 313. The upper surface of plug 305 is textured and colored to resemble smoldering pipe tobacco. Plug 305 contains a plurality of holes 306.
A container 315 containing a volatile material 21 is provided in cavity 304 to impart an aromatic flavor to the air inhaled through the inhaler.
It will be apparent from the foregoing description that the inhaler provided by this invention resembles in the physical aspect an actual cigarette, cigar, or pipe and may be manipulated and used by one desiring to discontinue the use of the latter items in the same manner as the item which it simulates.
The drawings represent operative embodiments of the invention which are illustrative rather than restrictive, and various changes and modifications may be made within the scope of the appended claims. It is intended to cover such changes and modifications by suitable expressions in the claims.
Various modes of carrying out the invention are contemplated as being within the scope of the following claims particularly pointing out and distinctly claiming the subject matter which is regarded as the invention:
ll. An inhaler comprising:
a tubular barrel resembling on its outer surface the outer surface of a rolled tobacco product;
a removable plug enclosing one end of the tubular barrel simulative of the fire and ash of a lighted cigarette, said plug containing a plurality of small holes opening into the barrel;
a plug enclosing the other end of said tubular barrel,
said plug containing a plurality of small holes opening into the barrel;
the above mentioned pluralities of small holes restricting the passage of air through the inhaler; and a tube in said barrel perforated at the ends and containing a volatile compound,
said tube being removably positioned in said barrel by a plurality of leaf springs mounted at either end on rings on the inner surface of said barrel and flexed inwardly from the inner surface of said barrel engaging said tube. 2. An inhaler comprising:
7 a tubular barrel resembling on its outer surface a pipe stern; a pipe bow-l mounted at one end of the pipe stem having a hole opening into said barrel;
a plug in said pipe bowl simulative of burning to- 15 the abovementioned pluralities of small holes restricting the passage of air through the inhaler; and a tube in said barrel perforated at the ends and containing a volatile compound,
said tube being removably positioned in said barrel by a plurality of leaf springs mounted at either end on rings on the inner surface of said barrel and flexed inwardly from the inner surface of said barrel engaging said tube.
References Cited by the Examiner UNITED STATES PATENTS 962,617 6/1910 Bucceri 128201 2,702,033 2/1955 'Pardeman 128-201 FOREIGN PATENTS 212,936 8/ 1941 Switzerland.
RICHARD A. GAU-DET, Primary Examiner.
0 W. E. KAMM, Assistant Examiner.