Wang Patents: https://patents.justia.com/inventor/xi-yi-wang https://patents.justia.com/patent/20100307518
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The present invention relates to an alternative smoking device, to be used to reduce the negative effects of classic smoking.
With the evolution of technology in the last decades, the tobacco industry has made only a few significant steps towards a reduction of the negative impacts of smoking like low tar and ultra-low tar cigarettes, however the way cigarettes and other tobacco products are manufactured has not had any considerable improvements since the introduction of filter several decades ago. To time there has been no commercially successful alternative smoking product that would considerably reduce the negative effects of the so called second-hand smoking. Some attempts have been made to reduce this side effect but with no considerable results.
With health consciousness rising among population and restrictions related to areas where smoking is not permitted becoming more and more severe, an alternate means of smoking is needed.
Several attempts have been made in the past to provide an alternative smoking solution. Some of these devices fail to provide a viable solution due to their size and complete unresemblance of a regular cigarette, while others fail because of inconvenience of use, low versatility, and high price per unit or in some cases simply bad taste. A common problem of previous devices seems to be the fact that, due to the fact that they use pressure sensors to detect a suck/draw of the device by the consumer, they can not filter out the effects of winds, vibrations or changes in atmospheric pressure. This makes these devices waste significant amount of energy for heating air and agents even when the device is not actually suck/draw on, i.e. while a release of agents is not asked for. A further unsolved problem seems to be their incapacity to precisely release the agents in a predetermined rate and concentration.
The objective of the present invention is thus to provide an alternative means for smoking, which significantly reduces the negative side effects of smoking like second-hand smoking and ash, and greatly reduces the direct negative effects to the smoker itself too, like not being exposed to the very significant amount of toxins which would be the case when smoking a regular cigarette due to burning, but in the same time to provide the consumer a very similar experience to smoking a regular cigarette. These similarities relate to the feel of the alternative means for smoking, i.e. size, look, texture, but also relate to the sensation provided, i.e. a similar taste, temperature and volume of the inhaled air. A further objective of the present invention is to provide a relatively cheap, i.e. comparable over a few month of usage to the price of regular cigarettes, and a versatile, i.e. usable in all environmental conditions, no matter how extreme, alternative smoking device. An even further objective is to provide a smoking device that efficiently uses its energy and agent reserves by releasing these only when this is asked for by the consumer.
The present invention relates to a smokeless smoking device and the related auxiliary devices, which not just reduces, but completely eliminates the smoke resulting from smoking, thus eliminating the effects of second-hand smoking and the unpleasant ash, also greatly reducing the direct negative effects of smoking, while providing to the smoker itself, a very similar smoking experience to the smoking of a classical cigarette. The smoking device according to the present invention achieves these goals by providing a way of consuming the agent, which might be nicotine for example, of the smoking device without actually burning any substance but by bringing the agent into a volatile condition. At the same time, the smoking device of the present invention contains electronic components that enable it to be used in all environmental conditions, being unaffected by atmospheric pressure variations, high winds and temperature changes. Smart electronics ensure an extended life time of the smoking device between consecutive charges. The device of the present invention may use specially designed dispensing means to release the agent in a predetermined rate and concentration.
The advantages of the present invention are immediately apparent based on the objectives of the invention. Eliminating smoke resulting from the act of consuming the smoking device, yield a wider acceptance from the non-smoking population, thus allowing smokers to consume such smoking devices even in areas where smoking in the classical meaning is forbidden. This increases the satisfaction and comfort of smokers, who in certain countries must currently do great efforts sometimes to find a place to smoke, designated smoking areas being in certain cases small, unpleasantly situated and distant. Advantages to non-smokers are also of great interest since in many cases non-smokers have to accept the unpleasant and unhealthy effects of second-hand smoking when they are in company of smokers. A further advantage of the present invention is the reduction of toxins inhaled by the smoker himself.
By replacing the burning of a classical cigarette, together with all the toxins contained, with heated clean air, the smoking device of the present invention reduces the amount of toxins inhaled by the smoker to those that are actually required to achieve the satisfaction of the smoker. These are usually limited to a reduced amount of nicotine combined with flavors and aromas. An other direct positive effect of eliminating burning is that no ash is produced which makes the use of ashtrays obsolete and also contribute to a cleaner smoking act. It is another positive side effect that the risk to cause fires by careless handling is completely eliminated.
Depending on the way the smoking device is used, further advantages may be achieved, for example by gradually reducing the amount of nicotine contained to facilitate quitting smoking, or by using certain medicine agents in the smoking device.
Publication number: 20100307518
Filed: May 10, 2008
Publication Date: Dec 9, 2010 Applicant: SMOKEFREE INNOTEC CORPORATION
Inventor: Xi Yi Wang (Huddinge)
Application Number: 12/599,794
Current U.S. Class: Tobacco Users' Appliance (131/329); For Handheld Device (320/114); Antismoking Product Or Device, I.e., Deterent (131/270)
International Classification: A24F 47/00 (20060101); H02J 7/00 (20060101);