WIPO publishes R.J. Reynolds Tobacco patent for 'method for preparing smoking articles'

GENEVA , October 25, 2013 () – Publication No. WO/2013/158323 was published on Oct. 24.

Title of the invention: "METHOD FOR PREPARING SMOKING ARTICLES."

Applicants: R.J. REYNOLDS TOBACCO COMPANY (US).

Inventors: James Richard Stone (US), Billy Tyrone Conner (US) and Vernon Brent Barnes (US).

According to the abstract* posted by the World Intellectual Property Organization: "A method of modifying the moisture content of fuel elements used in making smoking articles. The method may include overwrapped fuel elements, smoking article components, and/or assembled smoking articles being subjected to drying by flowed ambient air. Unheated air is flowed over the fuel components to adjust and maintain a desired moisture content of the fuel components to a level that permits cutting of the fuel components without chipping or cracking. After the fuel components are cut into individual or two-up fuel elements and combined with smoking article components that may include up to an entire filtered or unfiltered smoking article, they may have more ambient air flowed over them to further reduce the moisture content to a desired level."

The patent was filed on March 18 under Application No. PCT/US2013/032822.

*For further information, including images, charts and tables, please visit: http://www.wipo.int/patentscope/search/en/detail.jsf?docId=WO2013158323

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