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Publication numberUS3747607 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJul 24, 1973
Filing dateDec 14, 1971
Priority dateDec 14, 1971
Publication numberUS 3747607 A, US 3747607A, US-A-3747607, US3747607 A, US3747607A
InventorsKim T
Original AssigneeKim T
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Process for production of tobacco composition and composition made hereby
US 3747607 A
Abstract
There is disclosed a process for treating ginseng to render it suitable for use as an additive in a tobacco product. The process comprises cutting ginseng into small pieces, dyeing the pieces a tobacco color, adding from about 0.2 to 1.0 percent by weight of a preservative, adjusting the moisture content, if necessary, to within the range of 10 to 15 percent by weight and thereafter applying to the surfaces of the ginseng pieces a protective film to preserve the moisture balance. There is also disclosed a tobacco product comprising a blend of treated ginseng and tobacco.
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United States Patent 11 1 Kim [ 1 July 24, 1973 [76] Inventor: Tae Hak Kim, 112 Inidong,

Chongroku, Seoul, South Korea 22 Filed: Dec. 14,1971

[21] Appl. No.: 207,989

[52] US. Cl. 131/140 B, 131/17, 131/2 [51] Int. Cl A24b 15/00 [58] Field of Search 131/15, 17, 2,140-144 [56] References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 12,417 2/1855 Goshon ct al 131/2 92,497 7/1869 Webster 131/2 210,538 12/1878 James 131/2 1,989,130 1/1935 Brownm. 131/3 2,298,088 10/1942 Swain..... 131/17 R 2,809,904 10/1957 Koree 131/2 2,943,959 7/1960 Schaflander 2,930,719 3/1960 Finberg 131/17 Primary Examiner-Melvin D. Rein Attorney-Roylance, Abrams, Berdo and Kaul [57] ABSTRACT There is disclosed a process for treating ginseng to render it suitable for use as an additive in a tobacco product. The process comprises cutting ginseng into small pieces, dyeing the pieces a tobacco color, adding from about 0.2 to 1.0 percent by weight of a preservative, adjusting the moisture content, if necessary, to within the range of 10 to 15 percent by weight and thereafter applying to the surfaces of the ginseng pieces a protective film to preserve the moisture balance. There is also disclosed a tobacco product comprising a blend of treated ginseng and tobacco.

2 Claims, No Drawings PROCESS FOR PRODUCTION OF TOBACCO COMPOSITION AND COMPOSITION MADE HEREBY This invention relates to a process for treating ginseng to render it suitable for use as a tobacco additive. This invention also relates to a tobacco product containing such treated ginseng.

Ginseng is a naturally occuring root of a species of Panex which is indigenous to the Republic of Korea. It has long been used for its medicinal properties. The use of an extract of ginseng to treat tobacco has been sug gested. However, the use of ginseng pieces in tobacco has not previously been known.

It is an object of this invention to provide a process for treating ginseng to render it useful in a tobacco product.

It is another object of this invention to provide a to bacco' product which contains ginseng.

These and other objects are attained by the practice of this invention which, briefly, comprises cutting ginseng into small pieces, dyeing the pieces of ginseng a tobacco color, adding from about 0.2 to 1.0 percent by weight of a perservative, adjusting the moisture content, if necessary, to within the range of 10 to 15 percent by weight, and thereafter applyingto the surfaces of the ginseng pieces a protective film to preserve the moisture balance. The thus treated ginseng is then blended with tobacco to form a tobacco product.

The ginseng which may be used in the practice of this invention includes raw ginseng, white ginseng, red gin seng, and by-products thereof, e.g., ginseng skin. Mixtures thereof may also be used. The ginseng is cut into small pieces about the size of normal shred which is used in cigarettes-e.g., from about 0.3 to 3.0mm. in length. The shreadded ginseng is then dyed to a brown tobacco color such as by the use of a suitable food dye. The amount of food color used may be within the range of from about 1 to 5 percent by weight.

From about 0.1 to 1 percent by weight ofa preservative is then added. The perservative may be, for example, an ester of benzoic acid or sodium dehydro acetate. The perservative may be applied to the ginseng shreds by spraying a solution thereof onto the pieces of ginseng. If necessary, th moisture content of the ginseng is adjustedto within the range of about to percent by weight. This may be accomplished by any suitable moisturizing means known to the art. The use of the perservative and therecited moisture range prevents spoilage of the ginseng. In order to prevent volatilization of the moisture and the volatile ingredients of the ginseng, the surfaces of the pieces are coated with a protective film. This may be accomplished by spraying the ginseng pieces with a solution of a protective polymer such as polyvinyl acetate.

The treated ginseng may be mixed with tobacco in an amount of from about 5 to 10 percent by weight of treated ginseng based upon the total weight of the final tobacco product. The tobacco product may be chewed or smoked in a pipe or may be used to make cigarettes. If smoked, either in cigarettes or in a pipe, the treated ginseng tobacco product has a unique taste and a characteristic ginseng aromatic fragrance.

The following example illustrates the practice of this invention:

0 EXAMPLE White ginseng is cut into pieces not larger than five cm., dried in the shade and then cut into long, thin pieces. These pieces are blended with dried raw ginseng and ginseng skin and the mixture is cut into pieces ranging in length from about 0.3 to 3.0mm. The ratio of the wieght of white ginseng to the weight of raw ginseng and ginseng skin in the mixture is 1:4. The mixture of ginseng pieces is treated from 1 to 5 percent by weight of cola color and 0.1 to 1 percent of sodium dehydro acetate is sprayed on the pieces. The moisture content is adjusted to 13 percent by weight and the pieces of ginseng are coated by spraying with a solution of polyvinyl acetate to prevent volatilization of the moisture and of the volatile ingredients.

The thus treated ginseng is then mixed with tobacco to form a blend comprising about 8 percent by weight of treated ginseng. The resultant blend may be formed into cigarettes. The smoke from such cigarettes has an aromatic fragrance.

This invention has been described in detail with particular reference to the preferred embodiment thereof, but it will be understood that variations and modifications can be affected within the spirit and scope of the invention as described hereinabove and as defined in the appended claims.

I claim:

1. A process for the production of a tobacco composition which comprises cutting, ginseng into small pieces, dyeing the pieces a tobacco color, treating the dyed pieces with from 0.2-1.0 percent of a preservative selected from the group consisting of benzoic acid esters and sodium dehydro acetate, adjusting the moisture content to about 10-15 percent, spraying the treated ginseng pieces with polyvinyl acetate and finally mixing the pieces with tobacco in an amount constituting a minor proportion of the tobacco composition.

2. The composition made by the process of claim 1.

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US4696315 *Sep 19, 1985Sep 29, 1987Better Life International, Inc.Nicotine free;
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Classifications
U.S. Classification131/369, 131/359
International ClassificationA24B15/30, A24B15/00
Cooperative ClassificationA24B15/30
European ClassificationA24B15/30