Title:
Seven different-flavored cigarette substitute
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A non-nicotine cigarette substitute, maintaining the taste and flavor of seven different plants, is comprised of, but not limited to, leaves of Green Tea. The cigarette substitute has additional beneficial effects of low nicotine emission. The cigarette substitute of also helps smokers to quit smoking. It eliminates the poisons from the blood of a pre-smoker. The additives of six plants are extracts of red berry, kiwi, mango, orange, lime, and peach. Specially treated leaves of green tea are used for the base material.



Inventors:
Chi, Charlie (US)
Application Number:
11/233232
Publication Date:
03/29/2007
Filing Date:
09/23/2005
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A24B15/00
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Primary Examiner:
FELTON, MICHAEL J
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Eugene Oak (Upland, CA, US)
Claims:
What is claimed is

1. A non-nicotine cigarette substitute, fabricated and packed as a typical commercial cigarette, having seven different tastes and smells, comprised of shredded leaves of Green Tea and additives for specific flavors.

2. The non-nicotine cigarettes substitutes of claim 1, wherein the content of shredded leaves of Green Tea is 99.9%.

3. The non-nicotine cigarette substitutes of claim 1, wherein the content of additive is 0.1 wt %.

4. The non-nicotine cigarette substitutes of claim 1, wherein the additive is an extract of blueberry.

5. The non-nicotine cigarette substitutes of claim 1, wherein the additive is an extract of kiwi.

6. The non-nicotine cigarette substitutes of claim 1, wherein the additive is an extract of mango.

7. The non-nicotine cigarette substitutes of claim 1, wherein the additive is an extract of orange.

8. The non-nicotine cigarette substitutes of claim 1, wherein the additive is an extract of lime.

9. The non-nicotine cigarette substitutes of claim 1, wherein the additive is an extract of peach.

10. The non-nicotine cigarette substitutes of claim 1, wherein the content of shredded leaves of Green Tea is 100%.

Description:

1. FIELD OF INVENTION

The present invention relates to a composition of matter for the manufacturing of a cigarette substitute, which contains the taste of seven different plants while emitting low levels of nicotine.

2. BACKGROUND OF INVENTION

Scientists already know that green tea contains anti-oxidants that may effectively protect against cancer. Researchers from Rochester University have discovered that chemicals in the green tea, Catechins and Flavonoids, shut down a key molecule, which can play a significant role in the development of cancer. Tobacco smoke and dioxins disrupt the functioning of the molecule and cause it to trigger potentially harmful gene activity. The Rochester team showed that the chemicals shut down the aryl hydrocarbon (AH) receptor in cancerous mouse cells. However, the scientists say that the results in the laboratory do not necessarily translate to everyday life, as the crucial factor is how green tea is broken down inside the body. It is the purpose of this invention to provide a method of introducing those chemicals directly to the blood of a human body without destroying them.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PRIOR ART

U.S. Pat. No. 6,200,391 to Oshiro teaches to add compounds containing ascorbic acid, salt, a chlorophyll-containing material, and potassium nitrate to obtain a tobacco flavoring agent, lowering the tar or nicotine content of tobacco smoke while maintaining a burning portion of tobacco in a stable state and preserving its powdery state. The tobacco-flavoring agent was deposited on the tips of the cigarettes mixed with shredded tobacco leaves.

U.S. Pat. No. 6,041,790 to Smith, et al. illustrates a cigarette substitute article comprising one or more rod segments made of a gathered web or filamentary tow material in which a flavorant is embedded in liquid or powder form, or in a breakable flavorant-containing capsule.

U.S. Pat. No. 6,041,789 to Brankert et. al. demonstrates a non-pyrolytic cigarette substitute device delivering a nicotine-simulating vapor mixture, giving a cigarette-like taste and aroma to the smoker in response to suction. The device has absorbed a solution of a volatile nicotinomimetic agonist, enough to satisfy the physiological needs for nicotine of the smoker, and volatile palatability enhancing agents, enough for their released vapors to neutralize any unpleasant taste and aroma of the nicotinomimetic agonist vapors.

U.S. Pat. No. 5,893,371 to Rose and Behm released a non-nicotine method and apparatus to reduce the desire to smoke tobacco utilizing constituents from black and red peppers. Subsequent to inhalation, the constituents from black and red peppers create respiratory tract sensations similar to those created by tobacco smoke and thereby serve to reduce the impulsing desire to smoke tobacco.

U.S. Pat. No. 4,877,041 to Barnhouse illustrates a cigarette substitute comprising of a card with one surface on which are one or more areas having an abrasive encapsulated aroma thereon. Abrasion, as by rubbing or scratching, releases a tobacco smoke aroma. A combined menthol/tobacco smoke aroma can also be provided. Identification can be printed on one surface, usually not the surface having the aroma areas. Instructions for use and health advisory printing can be provided on the surface that contains the aroma areas. The card-like members preferably have dimensions such that a particular number have the same overall dimensions as a package of cigarettes.

U.S. Pat. No. 4,195,645 to Bradley, Jr., et al. illustrates a tobacco-substitute smoking material, including a polysaccharide, such as cellulose, as a combustible organic ingredient. A tobacco alkaloid material is incorporated into the smoking material in the form of a plurality of combustible microcapsules containing the tobacco alkaloid material.

All of the previous technologies added some chemicals to tobacco leaves or utilized stimulus natural products to simulate the taste and aroma of the tobacco leaves. None of the prior arts utilized natural Green Tea leaf.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

It is the objective of this invention to provide a composition of a new cigarette substitute having the taste and aroma of seven different fragrant plants, which do not contain nicotine and results in preventing cancer. This invention is composed of, but not limited to, the leaves of Green Tea. The cigarette substitute of this invention is manufactured in a normal cigarette appearance, 20 each per pack. The cigarette substitute emits a reduced amount of tar. Nicotine amounts are undetectable. The cigarette substitute made from the mixture of the leaves of the Green Tea helps a smoker to quit smoking. It is known that tobacco smoke and dioxins disrupt the functioning of the aryl hydrocarbon (AH) receptor molecule and cause it to trigger potentially harmful gene activity. Meanwhile, chemicals in the green tea, Catechins and Flavonoids, shut down the aryl hydrocarbon receptor molecule, which can play a significant role in the development of cancer. The cigarette substitute eliminates the poisons from the blood of a pre-smoker. Due to the pleasant flavor, extracted from blue berry, kiwi, mango, lime and orange, the second smoker feels fragrant.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS

Scientists already know that green tea contains anti-oxidants, which may have a protective effect against cancer. But now they have discovered that chemicals in the tea also shut down a key molecule that can play a significant role in the development of cancer.

The molecule, known as the aryl hydrocarbon (AH) receptor, has the ability to activate genes—but not always in a positive way. Tobacco smoke and dioxins in particular, disrupt the functioning of the molecule and cause it to trigger potentially harmful gene activity.

The researchers, from Rochester University, found that two chemicals in green tea inhibit AH activity. Both chemicals are similar to compounds called flavonoids, which are found in broccoli, cabbage, grapes and red wine, and which are also known to help prevent cancer. Researcher Professor Thomas Gasiewicz showed that the chemicals, Catechins and Flavonoids, shut down the AH receptor in cancerous mouse cells. Early results indicate the same is true in human cells. In addition, there are a lot of differences between various types of green tea.

Dr. Julie Sharp, a science information officer at Cancer Research. UK, announced that their research describes additional properties of green tea that may be beneficial but which has yet to be tested properly.

Research has also suggested that green tea may help to reduce the risk of rheumatoid arthritis and to lower cholesterol levels. The research is published in the journal Chemical Research in Toxicology. However, scientists say that the results in the laboratory do not necessarily translate to everyday life, as the crucial factor is how green tea is broken down inside the body.

The inventor focuses on the method of introducing those chemicals to human blood without destroying those chemicals. Direct injection is the best way. However, it is like medical treatment. Inhalation through lung is another way of non-destructive introducing of those chemicals to human blood.

When a cigarette (or cigarette substitute) is lit, the temperature at the burning tip of the cigarette is well over 700 degree centigrade. However, temperature of a spot decrease as the distance from the burning flame is increased. Between the burning flame and the filtered tip, there is zone where the temperature is hot enough to evaporate those chemicals, Catechins and Flavonoids, from the shredder leaves of Green Tea without destroying the chemical structure of those chemicals.

Catechins and Flavonoids, evaporated from the shredder leaves of Green Tea by the heat of burning leaves are inhaled to the lung when a user puffs the cigarette substitute of the current application.

The inventor found that the smell of the mixture of the leaves of Green Tea is very similar to that of a tobacco leaf. After washing and drying the collected leaves, commercial cigarette-packing machines were utilized to pack the mixture of the leaves in cigarette form. The taste and aroma were just like a regular cigarette, commercially available.

The best mode of the aroma and taste was to dry the mixture of shredded leaves of Green Tea 99.9%. Small amount of additives used for various flavors of the cigarettes are 0.1 wt %. Extracts from red berry, kiwi, mango, orange, lime, and peach are used for the additives.

Table 1 displays the results of the analysis of Total Nicotine and Carbon Monoxide collected. The test was conducted under the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) smoking protocol by Arista Laboratories, located at Richmond, Va., on Aug. 25, 2005. Samples were selected by a random sampling method from the cigarettes prepared as described above. Original result is attached as [EVIDENCE 1].

As shown in Table 1, the cigarettes made of the components of this invention emit less than 0.01 mg of nicotine per cigarette, which means the nicotine is practically undetectable. For comparison, commercial Marlboro Light emits 0.69 mg of nicotine per cigarette. The taste of the cigarette made from the Green Tea leaf substitute of this invention is estimated to be the same as that of a commercial cigarette made of typical tobacco leaves.

TABLE 1
Analysis of Total Nicotine and Carbon monoxide**
WaterNicotineTar
Puffs/CigtMS TPMCO(mg/(mg/(mg/
Port(mg/cigt)(mg/cigt)(mg/cigt)cigt)cigt)cigt)
E24.515.607.481.73<LOQ13.90
F24.519.807.813.03<LOQ16.77
G24.018.958.081.68<LOQ17.29
H25.020.008.521.98<LOQ18.02
I25.019.658.183.21<LOQ16.43
J25.013.256.842.34<LOQ10.91
K25.517.958.441.60<LOQ16.40
L25.510.506.730.80<LOQ9.75
Average24.917.07.762.04<LOQ3.09
sd0.53.50.690.79n.a.3.09
% RSD2.120.88.938.9n.a.20.7

**Analysis performed in Arista Laboratories, Inc. 1941 Reymet Rd. Richmond, VA 23237. Date: 2005.08.25