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Jan. 25, 1938. G. P. SCHMITT 2,106,467 - CIGARETTE MEDICATION Filed Jan. 16, 1954 HI I 'I I I A Wi. Patented Jan. 25, 193s 2,106,467 UNITED ¿STATES PATENT OFFICE 2,106,461' ' CIGARETTE ' MnDIòATIoN George Philip schmitt, New York, N. Y. Application January 16,1934, Serial No. 706,798 16 Claims. (cl. 1_31-30) 'I‘his invention relates to the medication or fiavon‘ng of cigarettes and the like and more par vention, a medicating agent is provided in a cigarette lighter, the arrangement of the parts ticularly to a medicating means involving the useA being such that the advantages of medication will of a cigarette lighter. Y be automatically applied to any cigarette, while A general object of the invention is toprovide it is being ignited. ' a method andA apparatus for medicating a ciga rette during the operation of an igniting device used therewith. 5 While in its broadest aspects the present in vention is applicable to various forms of ciga rette lighters, it is primarily useful in connection _ Another object of the invention is to provide an improved cigarette lighter having means for ' with glow type catalytic lighters of the kind ex medicating a cigarette in conjunction with its empliñed in the U. S. Patent No. 1,899,008 to l0 R. E. Berthold or _in U. S. Patent No. 1,937,097 normal -igniting function. l to G. P. Schmitt. In such lighters a perforate More specifically, the invention has for >an ob or porous catalytic body formed of material such ject the provision of a glow type catalytic lighter as platinum black is adapted to have a side pre having means for rendering its catalyst incan descent when a cigarette is placed thereagainst sented toward the end of a cigarette and a fuel 15 containing chamber is‘in communication with its and drawn upon, wherein a suitable medicating other side. Suitable air passages are provided agent is so carried by the lighter that medicated so that, when a cigarette is placed adjacent the vapors may be drawn into the cigarette during catalyst and drawn upon, air is circulated past the mentioned drawing action. . In one aspect of the invention, a further ob yject is to provide a lighter having features such as those described above wherein the medicating means comprises a specifically prepared medi cated fuel, and to this end an important feature of the invention resides in the provision of such> l a lighter fuel. Other objects of the invention will in part be obvious and will in part appear hereinafter. The invention accordingly comprises the sev eral steps and the relation of one or more of such steps with respect 'to each of the others, and the apparatus embodying features of construction, combinations of elements and arrangement of parts which are adapted to effect such steps, all as exempliñed in the following detailed disclosure, and the scope of the application of which will be indicated in the claims. _ For a fuller understanding of the nature and objects of the invention reference should be had to the following detailed description taken in connection with the accompanying drawing, in which: Fig. 1 is a vertical sectional view taken substan tially medially through an illustrative form of lighter equipped in accordance with one em bodiment of the present invention; and Fig. 2 is a vertical sectional view substantially corresponding to Fig. 1 but showing another em bodiment of the present invention. There is a marked demand for medicated ciga rettes, and the practice of incorporating medica ments such as menthol in cigarette tobaccos dur ing their manufacture has become rather wide 55 spread. In accordance with the present in the fuel in the chamber where it picks'up fuel 20 vapors and continues on through or around the perforate catalyst, which latter is rendered incandescent in the presence of such fuel and air. ' In accordance with the present improvement, a suitable medicament is associated with sucha 25 lighter in a position to have vapors or fumes thereof drawn or injected into the cigarette dur ing the drawing action on the latter. Menthol is a. preferred substance for this purpose, since in addition to its medicating properties it imparts 30 a pleasant odor, taste and cooling sensation to the cigarette. However, other substances having suitable medicating and/or ñavoring qualities are contemplated, such as camphor, peppermint and wintergreen or other similar curative or 35 aromatic herbs. Accordingly, it is to be under stood that the expression “medicament” as used in the present specification and claims is in tended to refer broadly to all substances such as those mentioned, wherever the context permits. 4; It has been found .that the application of such substances to a cigarette, even though drawn therein only during the relatively short time re quired to effect ignition with a lighter of the type contemplated serves to impregnate the tobacco 45 so as to produce an effect which lasts during the entire subsequent consumption of -the cigarette. This apparently is because there are special ad vantages in impregnating the cigarette while lighting it. The heating of the tobacco accentu-` 50 ates its moistness, it being found by test that the tobacco is markedly damper after ignition than before. In this dampened condition its re ceptivity to the influence of the medicating va pors is enhanced to a pronounced extent. What-` l. 2,106,467 ever the explanation may be, tests show that medication of the cigarette while heating it pro duces remarkable satisfactory and lasting re sults. This effect is more or less noticeable in In Fig. 2 there is shown a form of lighter sub stantially corresponding to that shown in Fig. 1, and operating in substantially the same manner. Here, however,instead of placing a mass of medic accordance with the degree of volatility and pungency of the particular medicament used, be ing quite pronounced, for example. in the case of menthol. ament in the bottom of the casing, the absorbent It is intended that such medicaments may be 10 withdrawn or ejected from the lighter in any suit ing such absorbent body in a saturated solution of menthol in alcohol. The alcohol used is prefer ably absolute ethyl, but other kinds, such as pure methyl alcohol, may be used with satisfactory re sults. Upon withdrawal of the absorbent body II4 from its bath in this saturated solution, the able fashion, the arrangments particularly de scribed herein for obtaining this end being illus trative in their nature, since it will be apparent that any form of lighter wherein fumes are with 15 drawn or ejected may partake of the benefits of the present invention. Referring more particularly to the drawing and ñrst to Fig. l, there is shown a form of lighter substantially possessing the features 20 shown in above mentioned U. S. Patent No. 1,937,097. Here there is a casing I0 having a sleeve II slidably fitted within it. A suitable holder I2 is mounted on the upper end of this body III is suitably impregnated with medica ment prior to assembly with the rest of the lighter. This impregnation is effected by immers alcohol evaporates, leaving a crystalline deposit throughout the body. 'I'he body, thus impreg nated, is assembled in the lighter and may be repeatedly replenished with fuel while retaining its medicating characteristics. Withthis form of the invention, as a cigarette is placed against the 20 catalyst and drawn upon, the induced current of air picks up both menthol vapors and fuel vapors from the absorbent body, and these are trans mitted to the cigarette. It is contemplated that other medicaments than menthol may beutilized 25 to impregnate the absorbent body, and any other ture comprising granules I3’ as shown in Fig. 2, forms of lighters involving the use of absorbent to permit the passage of vapors therethrough. An fuel containing bodies may be utilized, for ex ample those shown in my copending applications absorbent body I4 of cotton wool or the like is lo 30 cated within sleeve I I and below the catalyst, Serial No. 688,114, filed September 12, 1933, now 30 and has a central passage I5 extending there Patent Number 2,005,476, dated June 18, 1935; through. The lower end of this absorbent body and Serial No. 706,368, ñled January l2, 1934, now is supported above the bottom of casing I0 pro Patent Number 2,005,477, dated June 18, 1935. viding a space I6. The passage I5 aiîords com- ,« 'I‘he benefits of the presen't invention are also munication between this space and the under side attained by providing a ysuitably medicated lighter of the catalyst. Air passages, such as that illus fuel for .use in lighters of the kind herein con trated at I1, are provided between casing I0 and templated. This improved lighter fuel may be sleeve II, the upper ends of such passages being obtained by incorporating any medicament of the sleeve and carries a catalytic body I3 of platinum 25 black or the like. 'I'his body may be perforate as shown in Fig. 1, or of porous granular struc . open to the atmosphere, as illustrated, and the 40 lower ends thereof communicating with space I6. Any desired number of these passages may be provided, or, if desired, any suitable equivalent means may be provided for conducting air past or over the absorbent body I4 to the catalyst. It 45 will be seen that the casing with its cooperating appurtenant parts provides a fuel chamber which is open to the atmosphere and is adapted to con tain the fuel holding absorbent. A medicament I8 is located at the bottom of 50 casing I0 in space I6. As illustrated, this medica ment may take the form of a small mass of menthol crystals, about one-half gram of these crystals being a satisfactory amount in the ar rangement shown. If desired, the menthol may be in the form of a tablet suitably dimensioned for insertion in the lighter. In the operation of the lighter the end of a cigarette is presented against or toward the up per face of catalyst I3 and is drawn upon. Air is thereupon drawn in through passages I'l into the fuel chamber where it picks up vapors from the medicament I8 and continues through pas sage I5, and also picks up additional fuel vapors, which mixed vapors are drawn against and through the catalyst. Here the fuel vapors, be ing inflammable, are largely consumed while all or the major part of the non-inflammable or less inflammable medicated vapors escape combustion and pass on into the cigarette, concurrent igni 70 tion and medication of the latter thus being ef fected. It will be apparent that any brand of cigarette thus may be mentholated or otherwise medicated without resorting to special medicating 75 steps during its manufacture. kind herein described in a suitable hydrocarbon compound. One very satisfactory form of fuel 40 comprises a solution of from 5 to 10 per cent by weight of menthol in pure methyl alcohol, al though absolute ethyl alcohol may be employed if desired. Such a medicated fuel is adapted to be used in any of the herein described lighters, or in any other form of lighter wherein vapors are drawn or forced into the cigarette during the igniting operation. It will be seen that a method has been pro vided for quickly and eiiìciently medicating a cigarette at the time it is ignited, and that suit able equipment has been provided for fulfilling the intended objects- of the invention. Since certain changes in carrying out the above process and in the constructions set forth, which embody the invention may be made Without departing from its scope, it is intended that all matter contained in the above description or shown in the accompanying drawing shall be 60' interpreted as illustrative and not in a hunting sense. It is also to be understood that the following claims are intended to cover all of the generic and specific features of the invention herein de scribed, and all statements of the scope of the in vention which, as a matter of language, might be said to fall therebetween. Particularly, it is to be understood that in said claims, ingredients or compounds recited in the 70 singular are intended to include compatible mix tures of such ingredients wherever the sense per mits. Having described my invention, what I claim as new and desire tc secure by Letters Patent. is: 75 2,106,467 1. -A cigarette lighter comprising, in combina tion, means for igniting a cigarette, a casing, a chamber in said casing communicating with said igniting means, and a medicament in said cham ber to medicate such cigarette while it is being ignited. 2. A cigarette lighter comprising, in combina tion, an igniting device, a fuel chamber in com munication with said device, a medicament in said chamber, and means for conveying such medicament to a cigarette cooperating with said device. 3. A cigarette lighter comprising, in combina tion, means for igniting a cigarette, a chamber, and a medicament in said chamber, said igniting means including means for conveying said medic ament to the cigarette in conjunction with an igniting operation. ° 4. Acigarette lighter comprising an igniting 20 element against which a cigarette may be placed, means for rendering said element incandescent upon drawing on such cigarette, and means asso ciated with said lighter for medicating said ciga rette during such drawing action. 5. A medicating cigarette lighter comprising, in combination, a catalyst having a side-present - able toward a cigarette, means for rendering said 40 erating with said device. ' 9. A medicating cigarette lighter comprising an igniting device, and an absorbent body carried by said lighter in communication with said device and adapted to contain a fuel, said body being impregnated with a medicament, and said lighter including means for circulating such medicament from“ said body to a cigarette cooperating with said device. 10. A medicating cigarette lighter comprising, in combination, an igniting device, means for rendering the same incandescent, and a medica ment impregnated absorbent body carried by said lighter in communication with a cigarette co operating with said device. 11. A medicating cigarette lighter-comprising a catalyst having a side presentable toward a ciga rette, means for rendering said catalyst incan descent upon drawing on such cigarette, and a menthol impregnated absorbent body carried by said lighter in position to have fumes therefrom drawn into said cigarette during such drawing action. 12. A new article of manufacture comprising a fuel containing absorbent body insertable in a cigarette lighter and impregnated with a medica catalyst incandescent upon drawing on such ciga-. ment. ’ rette, and a medicament carried by said lighter in 13. A cigarette lighter comprising, in combina position to be drawn into said cigarette during tion, a casing, means for igniting a cigarette 30 said drawing action. communicating with the interior of said casing 6. A medicating cigarette lighter comprising, and a menthol impregnated absorbent body in in combination, a chamber adapted to contain a said casing to medicate such cigarette while lt vaporizable fuel, a catalyst located in the path is being ignited. k of fuel vapors coming from said chamber, a me 14. A method of medicating cigarettes which 35 dicament in said chamber, and means for passing comprises providing a chamber. in a cigarette medicament from said chamber to a cigarette lighter with a supply .of medicament, and pass cooperating with said catalyst. ing vapors of such medicament from said cham 7. A medicating cigarette lighter comprising, ber into the cigarette while igniting and heating in combination, a catalyst having a side present the same. able toward a cigarette, a chamber in communi 15. A method of medicating cigarettes which 40 cation with the other side of said catalyst and comprises providing a fuel chamber of a cigarette adapted to contain a vaporizable fuel, a vapor izable medicament in said chamber, and means Li for circulating vapors from said chamber to a 50 3 medicament from said body to a cigarette coop cigarette cooperating with said catalyst. 8. A medicating cigarette lighter comprising an igniting device, a medicament impregnated fuel containing body in communication with said de vice, said lighter having means for passing fuel from said body to said device, and for passing lighter with a supply of fuel containing a medica ment, and injecting vapors or such medicament into the cigarette by means of the drawing action 45 attendant upon ignition. 16. A method of medicating cigarettes which comprises providing a cigarette lighter with a vaporizable mixture of alcohol and menthol, and drawing vapors from this mixture into the ciga rette while igniting the same. GEORGE PHILIP SCHMI'I'I‘.