Title:
ROLLING PAPER BOOKLET FOR CIGARETTES
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A rolling paper booklet for cigarettes, wherein the booklet includes a stack of several elongated rolling papers provided with a strip of glue on one side along an edge, and the rolling papers are folded double according to a folding line running parallel to the edge. The rolling papers are crossed in relation to each other in such a way that the upper folding part of an underlying rolling paper is shoved over the lower folding part of a rolling paper lying on top of the latter. The edge with the strip of glue is alternately provided on the upper folding part and on the lower folding part.



Inventors:
Van De, Perre Luc Emiel Yvonne (Schoten, BE)
Application Number:
12/595303
Publication Date:
03/11/2010
Filing Date:
04/09/2008
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
221/48
International Classes:
A24F17/00
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Foreign References:
DE102009025882A12010-12-02
DE29702283U11997-04-10
DE29702285U11997-04-03
Primary Examiner:
KUMAR, RAKESH
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
BACON & THOMAS, PLLC (625 SLATERS LANE FOURTH FLOOR, ALEXANDRIA, VA, 22314-1176, US)
Claims:
1. A rolling paper booklet for cigarettes, comprising a stack of a plurality of elongated rolling papers provided with a strip of glue on one side along an edge, the rolling papers being folded double according to a folding line running parallel to the edge, the rolling papers being crossed in relation to each other in such a way that the upper folding part of an underlying rolling paper is shoved over the lower folding part of a rolling paper lying on top of the latter, in that the edge with the strip of glue is alternately provided on the upper folding part and on the lower folding part.

2. The booklet according to claim 1, wherein the booklet further comprises at least one longitudinal slot through which the upper folding part of the upper rolling paper partly protrudes.

3. The booklet according to claim 2, further comprises a plurality of stacks of rolling papers next to one another.

4. The booklet according to claim 1, wherein the corners of the rolling papers are partly cut off.

5. The booklet according to claim 1, wherein a printed paper is provided in any place whatsoever in the stack as an informative message, commercial or surprise.

Description:

The present invention describes an improved rolling paper booklet for cigarettes.

In particular, the present invention describes a rolling paper booklet for cigarettes which makes it possible to present the rolling papers more easily to the user.

Known types of rolling paper booklets comprise elongated rolling papers made of rice paper or another type of light-weight paper that are folded parallel to a glue side and that are stored mutually overlapping in a cardboard booklet.

The booklet is thereby provided with a slot from which the upper rolling paper protrudes, such that the user can retrieve a rolling paper from the booklet.

The lower folding part of the upper rolling paper hereby automatically pulls along the upper folding part of the underlying rolling paper as it is being drawn through the slot, such that the latter is in turn presented to the user.

Traditionally, a strip of glue is provided all over the upper folding part on an edge in the longitudinal direction on the inside of the rolling paper. The user moistens this glue while rolling the cigarette.

In Germany, however, they prefer not to touch the glue for hygienic reasons; there, the edge with the strip of glue is provided on the lower folding part.

A disadvantage of providing the strip of glue on the upper folding part, or in Germany on the lower folding part, is that for the user, from an ergonomic point of view, the strip of glue is alternately situated on the right and on the wrong side. This implies that the edge with the strip of glue is alternately turned towards the user, turned away from him respectively. When the strip of glue is situated on the wrong side, the paper must be turned 180° about its folding line before one can lick the glue.

An additional disadvantage is that, since the glue is practically transparent and hard to discern with the naked eye, one may get confused—especially in the dark—about on what edge the glue has been provided. This entails a risk in that one may start licking on the wrong side, as a result of which the rolling paper becomes useless and one will have to start over again.

In order to avoid this, what are called “cut-corner” rolling papers are available, whose corners opposite the glue side have been partly cut off so as to immediately indicate where the glue side is.

A disadvantage of these “cut-corner” rolling papers is that they require an additional production phase.

The present invention aims to remedy one or several of the above-mentioned and other disadvantages.

To this end, the invention concerns an improved booklet with rolling papers whereby the booklet comprises a stack of several elongated rolling papers provided with a strip of glue on one side along an edge, and whereby the above-mentioned rolling papers are folded double according to a folding line running parallel to the above-mentioned edge, whereby the rolling papers are crossed in relation to one another, such that the upper folding part of an underlying rolling paper is placed over the lower folding part of a rolling paper lying on top of it, characterised in that the above-mentioned edge with the strip of glue is alternately provided on the upper folding part and on the lower folding part.

An advantage of a rolling paper booklet for cigarettes according to the present invention is that, from an ergonomic point of view, the rolling paper is always presented correctly to the user and in that no rolling paper, after the user has pulled it from the booklet, has to be turned in order to lick the strip of glue.

An additional advantage is that one always knows on what side the glue is situated and, as a consequence, one does not have to search for the strip of glue.

This also makes the use of “cut-corner” rolling papers redundant, which results in a simpler production process.

In order to better explain the characteristics of the present invention, the following preferred embodiments of an improved rolling paper booklet for cigarettes according to the invention are described as an example only without being limitative in any way, with reference to the accompanying drawings, in which:

FIG. 1 represents a rolling paper booklet for cigarettes according to the invention seen in perspective;

FIG. 2 represents a rolling paper booklet for cigarettes, as in FIG. 1, when the topmost rolling paper has been drawn out of it;

FIG. 3 represents a stack of rolling papers with their folding manner seen in perspective;

FIG. 4 shows a cross section of FIG. 3 according to line IV-IV;

FIG. 5, as compared to FIG. 4, represents a stack of rolling papers with the traditional folding manner (PRIOR ART);

FIGS. 6 and 7 respectively show two successive rolling papers such as they have been taken from the booklet;

FIG. 8 represents an alternative embodiment of a booklet according to the invention.

FIGS. 1 and 2 show an improved booklet with rolling papers according to the present invention.

The improved booklet 1 comprises a stack 2 of several elongated rolling papers 3 provided with a strip of glue 6 on one side 4 along an edge 5, whereby the above-mentioned rolling papers 3 are folded double according to a folding line 7 running parallel to the above-mentioned edge 5.

FIGS. 3 and 4 show the stack 2 of rolling papers 3 as they are arranged in the booklet 1 and shows how the rolling papers 3 are crossed, such that the upper folding part 8 of an underlying rolling paper 3 is shoved over the lower folding part 9 of a rolling paper 3 lying on top of the latter.

FIGS. 3 and 4 also show how the above-mentioned edge 5 with the strip of glue 6 is alternately provided on the upper folding part 8 and on the lower folding part 9.

In contrast, FIG. 5 shows the stack 2 of rolling papers 3 as they traditionally lie in the booklet 1, except in Germany, and it shows the rolling papers 3 being crossed as well, but it also shows how the above-mentioned edge 5 with the strip of glue 6 is always provided on the upper folding part 8. In Germany, the above-mentioned edge 5 with the strip of glue 6 is always provided on the lower folding part 9.

FIGS. 3 and 4 are enlarged images in that the rolling papers 3 mutually overlap just a little bit.

In a preferred embodiment of the rolling paper booklet for cigarettes according to the present invention, the rolling papers 3 overlap up to practically the folding line 7 which is situated in the centre of the rolling papers.

In this way, the booklet can be made as compact as possible.

FIGS. 1 and 2 also show that the booklet 1 has one longitudinal slot 10 through which the upper folding part 8 of the upper rolling paper 3 partly protrudes, such that it can be seized by the user.

The method for using the booklet is simple and as follows.

FIG. 1 shows the upper rolling paper 3 as it protrudes through the slot 10 of the booklet 1. When the user draws the rolling paper from the slot, the upper folding part 8 of the underlying rolling paper 3 will be pulled along through the slot 10 and come out as a result of the crossed stacking of the rolling papers 3, as is shown in FIG. 2.

The user now holds the rolling paper by the edge 5 with the strip of glue 6 in his/her fingers, as shown in FIG. 6, and can immediately start licking.

If he/she wants to roll a second cigarette, then the user will draw the rolling paper 3 in FIG. 2 from the booklet 1. The user now holds the rolling paper 3 in his/her fingers in such a way that the above-mentioned edge 5 will be situated on the other side of the folding line 7, as shown in FIG. 7, but the user can moisten this edge 5 directly with his/her tongue when bringing the rolling paper 3 to his/her mouth.

This is impossible in traditional embodiments as represented in FIG. 5, since the user first has to turn the rolling paper 180° to that end.

The rolling paper is now ready to be licked and he/she can spare him/herself the trouble of turning it as he/she knows for sure where the strip of glue is situated.

The present invention does not exclude that several slots 10 are provided in the booklet or that several stacks 2 of rolling papers 3, as represented for example in FIG. 4, are situated next to one another in the booklet 1, as represented in FIG. 8.

FIG. 8 also shows how the corners 11 of the rolling papers 3 are partly cut off to indicate that the present invention does not exclude the application of “cut-corner” rolling papers 3. On the right-hand side, a rolling paper 3 with the strip of glue 6 on the upper folding part 8 protrudes outward, whereas on the left-hand side the strip of glue 9 on the lower folding half is still situated in the booklet.

Neither does the present invention exclude that the glue side, instead of on the inside of the rolling paper 3, is alternately provided on the lower folding part 8 and on the upper folding part 9 on the outside.

Nor is it excluded that, for example, the fifth paper is not a rolling paper but a printed paper with a commercial printed on it.

The present invention is by no means limited to the above-described embodiment represented in the drawings; on the contrary, such a booklet according to the invention can be made according to many different variants while still remaining within the scope of the invention.