British American Tobacco has patented an electrically-powered smoking article that combines a cigarette with an aerosol-generating device. The device includes a heating element, liquid aerosol material storage, and air passageway for inhalation. A controller activates the heating element when the user draws on the device. GlobalData’s report on British American Tobacco gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on British American Tobacco, Self-extinguishing cigarettes was a key innovation area identified from patents. British American Tobacco's grant share as of February 2024 was 46%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Electrically-powered smoking article with aerosol generation for tobacco

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: British American Tobacco Plc

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11925202B2) discloses an electrically-powered, aerosol-generating smoking article designed to provide a user with a controlled and efficient smoking experience. The device comprises an outer housing with a mouthpiece, an electrical power source, an electrical resistance heater, and a storage compartment for a liquid aerosol-forming material. The device also includes an air passageway for combining air with the volatilized liquid to produce an aerosol that can be inhaled by the user. A controller is integrated to activate the electrical resistance heater in response to the user drawing on the device, ensuring a consistent and satisfying smoking experience.

The patent further details the configuration of the storage compartment, which can be arranged within the housing proximate the mouthpiece and can include a fibrous substrate or be designed as a cartridge. The device also features a puff-actuated controller with a sensor to regulate current flow through the electrical resistance heater based on the user's draw. Additionally, the device can be rod-shaped and includes components such as an end cap and a mouthpiece for ease of use. Overall, the patented electrically-powered smoking article offers a novel and efficient way for users to enjoy aerosol-generating smoking products with controlled heating and airflow mechanisms.

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