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Claims for Patent: 4,793,366

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Claims for Patent: 4,793,366

Title: Nicotine dispensing device and methods of making the same
Abstract:An improved nicotine dispensing device for non-pyrolytic use which is adapted to release nicotine bearing vapors into air drawn through the device. The device includes a housing and a plurality of microporous polymer filaments which are nicotine loaded. The microporous polymer filaments are characterized by a relatively homogeneous, three-dimensional cellular microstructure. The microporous polymer filaments are made from materials which are selected from olefinic polymers, condensation polymers, oxidation polymers and combinations thereof.
Inventor(s): Hill; Ira D. (Locust, NJ)
Assignee:
Application Number:06/796,883
Patent Claims: 1. A nicotine dispensing device for non-pyrolytic use, said device being adapted to release nicotine-bearing vapors into air drawn through said device, said device comprising:

(a) a housing, said housing defining a passageway for air through said device; and

(b) a material having a plurality of microsized reservoirs containing nicotine-bearing fluid to be volatilized, said material being arranged within said housing to permit the volatilization of nicotine-bearing fluid from said material in response to suction supplied by a user.

2. The nicotine dispensing device of claim 1 wherein said housing comprises an elongated tube.

3. The nicotine dispensing device of claim 2 wherein said elongated tube includes a first portion comprising a plurality of microporous polymer filaments and a second portion usable as a mouthpiece.

4. The nicotine dispensing device of claim 1 wherein at least a portion of said housing is made from a fibrous web material.

5. The nicotine dispensing device of claim 4 wherein said fibrous web material is cigarette paper.

6. The nicotine dispensing device of claim 1 wherein said material is in the form of a film.

7. The nicotine dispensing device of claim 6 wherein said film is in a generally tubular shape.

8. The nicotine dispensing device of claim 1 wherein said material is in the form of filaments.

9. The nicotine dispensing device of claim 1 wherein said reservoirs have a mean size of less than about 10 micrometers.

10. The nicotine dispensing device of claim 1 wherein said material is microporous.

11. The nicotine dispensing device of claim 1 including a nicotine bearing fluid in said material, said fluid including a nicotine-carrier material selected from the group consisting of: menthol, freon, methyl salicylate, aldehydes, alcohols, esters, ethers, ketones, acetates, hydrocarbons and combinations thereof.

12. The nicotine dispensing device of claim 1 wherein said material is a microporous polymer.

13. The nicotine dispensing device of claim 12 wherein said microporous polymer is characterized by a relatively homogeneous, three-dimensional cellular microstructure.

14. The nicotine dispensing device of claim 12 wherein the surface of said microporous polymer material is dry to the touch after being loaded with said nicotine bearing fluid.

15. The nicotine dispensing device of claim 12 wherein said microporous polymer material is made from materials selected from the group consisting of: olefinic polymers, condensation polymers, oxidation polymers and combinations thereof.

16. The nicotine dispensing device of claim 12 wherein said microporous polymer material is made from materials selected from the group consisting of: polypropylene, polyvinyl chloride, polyethylene, cellulose acetate, cellulose triacetate, polymethylpentene, polyethylene acrylic acid, polyphenylene oxidene, styrene, polystyrene and combinations thereof.

17. An nicotine dispensing device for non-pyrolytic use, said device being adapted to release nicotine bearing vapors into air drawn therethrough, said device comprising:

(a) a housing comprising an elongated tube, said housing defining a passageway for air through said device; and

(b) a polymer material disposed within said housing, said material having a plurality of microsized reservoirs containing a nicotine bearing fluid to be volatilized in response to suction supplied by the user.

18. The nicotine dispensing device of claim 17 wherein said material is in the form of a microporous film.

19. The nicotine dispensing device of claim 18 wherein said film is formed into a tubular shape, the interior of said shape including an air flow restrictor.

20. The nicotine dispensing device of claim 19 wherein the surface of said material is dry to the touch after being loaded with said nicotine bearing fluid.

21. The nicotine dispensing device of claim 17 wherein said elongated tube includes a first section adapted to retain said plurality of microporous polymer filaments and a second portion adapted to be a mouthpiece.

22. The nicotine dispensing device of claim 17 wherein at least a portion of said housing is made from a fibrous web material.

23. The nicotine dispensing device of claim 22 wherein said fibrous web material is cigarette paper.

24. The nicotine dispensing device of claim 17 wherein said nicotine of said nicotine bearing fluid is selected from the group consisting of: nicotine (d), nicotine (1), nicotine (dl) nicotine salts and combinations thereof.

25. The nicotine dispensing device of claim 17 wherein said reservoirs have a mean size of less than about 10 micrometers.

26. The nicotine dispensing device of claim 17 wherein said device dispenses at least about 1 microgram of nicotine per puff.

27. The nicotine dispensing device of claim 17 wherein said material is hydrophobic.

28. The nicotine dispensing device of claim 17 comprising a nicotine-bearing fluid contained within said reservoirs, said fluid including a carrier material for said nicotine-bearing fluid selected from the group consisting of: menthol, methyl salicylate, aldehydes, alcohols, esters, ethers, ketones, acetates, hydrocarbons and combinations thereof.
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