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JP2005034021A
JP2005034021A JP2003198701A JP2003198701A JP2005034021A JP 2005034021 A JP2005034021 A JP 2005034021A JP 2003198701 A JP2003198701 A JP 2003198701A JP 2003198701 A JP2003198701 A JP 2003198701A JP 2005034021 A JP2005034021 A JP 2005034021A
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
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    • A61MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE; HYGIENE
    • A61MDEVICES FOR INTRODUCING MEDIA INTO, OR ONTO, THE BODY; DEVICES FOR TRANSDUCING BODY MEDIA OR FOR TAKING MEDIA FROM THE BODY; DEVICES FOR PRODUCING OR ENDING SLEEP OR STUPOR
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    • A61M11/00Sprayers or atomisers specially adapted for therapeutic purposes
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    • A61M11/041Sprayers or atomisers specially adapted for therapeutic purposes operated by the vapour pressure of the liquid to be sprayed or atomised using heaters
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    • A61MDEVICES FOR INTRODUCING MEDIA INTO, OR ONTO, THE BODY; DEVICES FOR TRANSDUCING BODY MEDIA OR FOR TAKING MEDIA FROM THE BODY; DEVICES FOR PRODUCING OR ENDING SLEEP OR STUPOR
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    • A61MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE; HYGIENE
    • A61MDEVICES FOR INTRODUCING MEDIA INTO, OR ONTO, THE BODY; DEVICES FOR TRANSDUCING BODY MEDIA OR FOR TAKING MEDIA FROM THE BODY; DEVICES FOR PRODUCING OR ENDING SLEEP OR STUPOR
    • A61M15/00Inhalators
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Abstract

PROBLEM TO BE SOLVED: To provide an electronic cigarette which gives a sufficient amount of a flavoring ingredient from a smoking-starting time, when a smoker simulatively smokes.
SOLUTION: This electronic cigarette 1 is characterized by having a casing 2 which has a foot 4 and an approximately bar-like whole shape, a discharging means (the first discharging means 14) which is disposed in the casing 2 and has at least one discharging head for discharging a liquid flavor-producing medium from a liquid flavor-producing medium-charged cavity by driving an actuator, and a control means 27 which is disposed in the casing 2 and controls the driving of the discharging means.
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Description

【0001】 [0001]
【発明の属する技術分野】 BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
本発明は、電子タバコに関するものである。 The present invention relates to an electronic cigarette.
【0002】 [0002]
【従来の技術】 BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
近年、タバコを燃焼させることなく、タバコに似た香味を嗜好するための擬似喫煙具として、種々のタイプのものが提案されている。 Recently, without burning tobacco, as a pseudo smoking article for preference a flavor similar to cigarettes, it has been proposed various types.
例えば、断熱チューブ内に加熱素子と固形状の香味発生媒体とを設け、この断熱チューブと加熱素子の電源とを上包み紙で包んでタバコ状に形成した擬似喫煙具が提案されている(例えば、特許文献1参照)。 For example, a heating element and a solid-like flavor generating medium in the heat insulating tube is provided, a pseudo smoking article formed tobacco shape is proposed wrapped and power the heating element heat insulating tube overwrap paper (e.g. , see Patent Document 1).
【0003】 [0003]
このような構成の擬似喫煙具は、電源から加熱素子に電気エネルギーを供給することにより、香味発生媒体が加熱されて香味成分を生成し、この香味成分と擬似喫煙具内に取り込んだ空気との混合気を吸い込むことにより、タバコに似た香味を嗜好することができるものである。 Pseudo smoking articles having such a structure, by supplying electrical energy to the heating element from the power source, and the flavor generating medium is heated to produce the flavor components, and air taken in the flavor component and the pseudo smoking article by sucking the air-fuel mixture, one in which it is possible to taste the flavor similar to tobacco.
しかしながら、このような構成の擬似喫煙具にあっては、香味発生媒体を昇温させるのに時間がかかるため、香味発生媒体が十分な量の香味成分を生成するまでに時間がかかり、擬似喫煙の開始時に十分な量の香味成分が得られず、擬似喫煙の開始時からタバコと同じような感覚が得られない。 However, in the pseudo smoking article having such a configuration, since it takes time to raise the temperature of the flavor-generating medium, it takes time until the flavor generating medium to produce a sufficient amount of flavoring components, pseudo smoking starting a sufficient amount of flavor component is obtained at the time, not from the start of the pseudo smoking obtained as though they tobacco.
【0004】 [0004]
また、香味発生媒体が生成する香味成分の量を高精度で制御することができないため、吸い込み量に応じて香味成分の量を調整することができず、タバコと同じような感覚が得られない。 Moreover, since it is not possible to control the amount of flavor ingredients flavor generating medium is generated at high precision, it is impossible to adjust the amount of the flavor component according to the suction amount can not be obtained as though they Tobacco .
さらに、タバコと同じような煙を発生させる機能やタバコと同じような火種を発生させる機能を備えていないため、タバコに似た感覚が得られない。 Furthermore, since having no function of generating a similar spark and functions and tobacco to generate a similar smoke tobacco can not be obtained sensation similar to tobacco.
【0005】 [0005]
【特許文献1】 [Patent Document 1]
特開平3−232481号公報【0006】 JP-A-3-232481 [0006]
【発明が解決しようとする課題】 [Problems that the Invention is to Solve
本発明の目的は、喫煙者が擬似喫煙を行なうときに、喫煙開始時から十分な量の香味成分が得られてタバコと同じような感覚が得られる電子タバコを提供することにある。 An object of the present invention, when a smoker makes a pseudo smoking is to provide a sufficient amount of electrons tobacco flavor components can be obtained as though they were in tobacco obtained from the time of smoking the start.
【0007】 [0007]
【課題を解決するための手段】 In order to solve the problems]
このような目的は、下記の本発明により達成される。 These objects are achieved by the present invention described below.
本発明の電子タバコは、吸引口を有し、全体形状が略棒状をなすケーシングと、 Electronic cigarette of the present invention has a suction port, a casing overall shape forms a substantially rod-shaped,
前記ケーシング内に設けられ、アクチュエータを駆動して液状の香味生成媒体が充填されたキャビティ内の圧力を変化させることにより前記キャビティに連通するノズルから前記香味生成媒体を液滴として吐出する少なくとも1つの吐出ヘッドを有する吐出手段と、 Provided in the casing, from a nozzle by driving the actuator is flavor generation medium of the liquid communicating with said cavity by changing the pressure in the cavity filled at least one for discharging the flavor generating medium as droplets a discharge means having a discharge head,
前記ケーシング内に設けられ、前記吐出手段の駆動を制御する制御手段とを備えることを特徴とする。 Provided in the casing, characterized in that it comprises a control means for controlling driving of said ejecting means.
【0008】 [0008]
これにより、制御手段により吐出手段を駆動させることによって、ケーシング内に香味生成媒体の液滴が吐出され、ケーシング内に香味成分が供給される。 Thus, by driving the discharge means by the control means, droplets of the flavor generating medium is discharged into the casing, the flavor component is supplied into the casing. そして、この状態でケーシングの吸引口側を口に咥えて息を吸い込むことにより、ケーシング内に流入した空気とケーシング内の香味成分との混合気が口内に流入し、香味成分が口内に拡散し、タバコに似た香味を嗜好することができる。 By inhaling breath example mouth suction port side of the casing in the mouth in this state, mixed gas of flavor components in the air and the casing which has flowed into the casing flows into the mouth, flavor components are diffused into the mouth , it is possible to taste the flavor similar to tobacco.
【0009】 [0009]
この場合、吐出手段の駆動開始時から十分な量の香味生成媒体の液滴がケーシング内に吐出されるので、吸引の開始時から十分な量の香味成分が得られ、タバコと同じような感覚が得られる。 In this case, since the liquid droplets of a sufficient amount of flavor generating medium from the time of start of driving of the discharging means is discharged into the casing, a sufficient amount of flavor component is obtained from the start of suction, as though they Tobacco It is obtained.
また、香味生成媒体に有害な物質、不快な臭い、味等を含まないものを使用することにより、喫煙時に周囲の人々や喫煙者自身に、害を及ぼしたり、不快感を与えたりするのを防止できる。 In addition, harmful substances in the flavor generating medium, unpleasant odor, by the use of which does not contain the taste, etc., around the people and smokers themselves at the time of smoking, or harm, from or discomfort It can be prevented.
【0010】 [0010]
本発明の電子タバコでは、前記ケーシング内に設けられ、前記吐出手段から吐出された香味生成媒体の液滴を霧化させる霧化手段を有するのが好ましい。 The electronic cigarette of the present invention, provided in the casing preferably has a atomizing means for atomizing the liquid droplets of the flavor generating medium ejected from said ejecting means.
これにより、吐出手段の駆動によりケーシング内に吐出された香味生成媒体の液滴は霧化手段によって霧化(微細化)される。 Thus, the droplets of the flavor generating medium ejected into the casing by the drive of the discharge means is atomized (fine) by the atomizing means. そして、この状態でケーシングの吸引口側を口に咥えて息を吸い込むことにより、ケーシング内に流入した空気とケーシング内の霧状の香味成分との混合気が口内に流入し、香味成分が口内に拡散し、タバコに似た香味を嗜好することができる。 By inhaling breath example mouth suction port side of the casing in the mouth in this state, mixed gas of atomized flavor components in the air and the casing which has flowed into the casing flows into the mouth, flavor components mouth spread, it is possible to taste the flavor similar to tobacco.
この場合、霧化手段によって霧状となった香味成分を口内に吸い込むことができるので、タバコの煙を吸い込んだときのような感覚が得られる。 In this case, since the flavor component becomes atomized by the atomizing means can be sucked into the mouth, sensation as when inhaled cigarette smoke is obtained.
【0011】 [0011]
本発明の電子タバコでは、前記霧化手段は、前記吐出手段から吐出された香味生成媒体の液滴を加熱して霧化させる加熱手段であるのが好ましい。 The electronic cigarette of the present invention, the atomizing means is preferably a heating means for atomizing and heating the droplets of the flavor generating medium ejected from said ejecting means.
これにより、霧化手段の加熱手段によって加熱されて霧状となった香味成分の粒子を口内に吸い込むことができるので、口内に効率良く香味成分を拡散させることができ、タバコの煙を吸い込んだときのような感覚が得られる。 Thus, since the particles of the flavor components became is heated atomized by the heating means of the atomizing means can be sucked in the mouth, can be diffused efficiently flavor components in the mouth, inhaled cigarette smoke sense, such as when is obtained.
【0012】 [0012]
本発明の電子タバコでは、前記霧化手段は、前記吐出手段から吐出された香味生成媒体の液滴を振動させて霧化させる振動手段であるのが好ましい。 The electronic cigarette of the present invention, the atomizing means is preferably the discharge by vibrating the droplets of the discharged flavor generating medium from the means is a vibration means for atomizing.
これにより、霧化手段の振動手段によって振動されて霧状となった香味成分を口内に吸い込むことができるので、口内に効率良く香味成分を拡散させることができ、タバコの煙を吸い込んだときのような感覚が得られる。 Thus, since the flavor components became is oscillating atomized by the vibration means of the atomizing means can be sucked in the mouth, it can be diffused efficiently flavor components in the mouth, when inhaled cigarette smoke feeling like can be obtained.
【0013】 [0013]
本発明の電子タバコでは、前記霧化手段を前記ケーシングに着脱自在としたのが好ましい。 The electronic cigarette of the present invention, preferably the atomizing means and detachable to the casing.
これにより、必要に応じて、容易に霧化手段をケーシングに取り付けることができる。 Thus, it is possible to attach as needed, easily atomizing means in the casing.
本発明の電子タバコでは、液状の香味生成媒体が収納された収納部を有するカートリッジが着脱自在に装着される装着部を備えるのが好ましい。 The electronic cigarette of the present invention preferably comprises a mounting portion cartridge having a housing portion which the liquid flavor generating medium is accommodated is detachably attached.
これにより、ケーシングの装着部にカートリッジを取り付けることによって、その収納部から吐出手段に香味生成媒体が供給され、ケーシングの装着部からカートリッジを取り外すことによって、その収納部から吐出手段への香味生成媒体の供給が停止される。 Accordingly, by attaching the cartridge to the mounting portion of the casing, the flavor generating medium is supplied to the discharge means from the storage unit, by removing the cartridge from the mounting portion of the casing, the flavor generating medium from the storage portion to the discharge means supply is stopped.
【0014】 [0014]
本発明の電子タバコでは、前記カートリッジに前記吐出手段が設けられているのが好ましい。 The electronic cigarette of the present invention, preferably the discharge means to the cartridge is provided.
これにより、カートリッジをケーシングの装着部に着脱させることによって、カートリッジと一体的に吐出手段がケーシングに着脱されることになる。 Accordingly, by attaching and detaching the cartridge to the mounting portion of the casing, the cartridge integrally with discharge means so that is detachably attached to the casing.
本発明の電子タバコでは、前記カートリッジの前記装着部への着脱によって電源をON/OFFさせる電源スイッチを有するのが好ましい。 The electronic cigarette of the present invention preferably has a power switch for turning ON / OFF the power by detachable to the mounting portion of the cartridge.
これにより、カートリッジをケーシングの装着部に取り付けることによって電源スイッチを介して電源がONされ、カートリッジをケーシングの装着部から取り外すことによって電源スイッチを介して電源がOFFされることになる。 This will ON power through the power switch by attaching the cartridge to the mounting portion of the casing, the power source through the power switch by removing the cartridge from the mounting portion of the casing is to be OFF.
【0015】 [0015]
本発明の電子タバコでは、前記ケーシング内に電源を設けたのが好ましい。 The electronic cigarette of the present invention, preferably provided with a power supply in the casing.
本発明の電子タバコでは、前記ケーシング内を流通する風量を検出する検出手段を有するのが好ましい。 The electronic cigarette of the present invention preferably has a detection means for detecting the amount of air flowing through the said casing.
これにより、ケーシング内を流通する空気、または空気と香味成分との混合気の風量が検出手段によって検出され、この検出手段の検出結果に基づいて(検出手段からの信号に応じて)、制御手段により各種の制御を行うことができる。 Thus, detected by the air-fuel mixture of air volume detecting means and the air or air and flavor components, flows in the casing, (in response to a signal from the detection means) detecting based on the result of the detection means, the control means it is possible to perform various controls by.
【0016】 [0016]
本発明の電子タバコでは、前記検出手段の検出結果に基づいて、前記制御手段により前記吐出手段の駆動を制御するように構成したのが好ましい。 The electronic cigarette of the present invention, based on the detection result of said detecting means, preferably configured to control the drive of the discharge means by the control means.
これにより、ケーシング内を流通する空気、または空気と香味成分との混合気の風量が検出手段によって検出され、この検出手段の検出結果に基づいて(検出手段からの信号に応じて)、制御手段により吐出手段の駆動が制御され、吐出手段のON/OFF、吐出手段から吐出される香味生成媒体の液滴の吐出量が制御されることになる。 Thus, detected by the air-fuel mixture of air volume detecting means and the air or air and flavor components, flows in the casing, (in response to a signal from the detection means) detecting based on the result of the detection means, the control means the controlled driving of the discharge means, oN / OFF of the discharging means, the discharge amount of liquid droplets of the flavor generating medium is discharged from the discharge means is to be controlled.
従って、喫煙者の吸い込み力に応じた量の香味成分を口内に取り込むことができるので、タバコの煙を吸い込んだときのような感覚が得られる。 Accordingly, since the flavor component in an amount corresponding to the suction force of the smoker can be incorporated into the mouth, sensation as when inhaled cigarette smoke is obtained.
【0017】 [0017]
本発明の電子タバコでは、前記ケーシングの先端部に発光手段を設け、前記検出手段の検出結果に基づいて、前記制御手段により前記発光手段の駆動を制御するように構成したのが好ましい。 The electronic cigarette of the present invention, a light emitting means provided at the distal end portion of the casing, on the basis of the detection result of said detecting means, preferably configured to control the driving of the light emitting means by the control means.
これにより、ケーシング内を流通する空気、または空気と香味成分との混合気の風量が検出手段によって検出され、この検出手段の検出結果に基づいて(検出手段からの信号に応じて)、制御手段により発光手段の駆動が制御され、発光手段のON/OFF、光量が制御されることになる。 Thus, detected by the air-fuel mixture of air volume detecting means and the air or air and flavor components, flows in the casing, (in response to a signal from the detection means) detecting based on the result of the detection means, the control means driving the light emitting means is controlled by, oN / OFF of the light emitting means, so that the amount of light is controlled.
従って、喫煙者の吸い込み力に応じて発光手段の光量を増やしたり、減らしたりすることができるので、タバコの煙を吸い込んだときのような感覚が得られる。 Accordingly, or increase the amount of light of the light emitting means in accordance with the suction force of the smoker, it is possible or decrease, feeling as if sucked cigarette smoke is obtained.
【0018】 [0018]
本発明の電子タバコでは、前記ケーシングの先端部から擬似的な煙を発生する煙発生手段を有し、前記検出手段の検出結果に基づいて、前記制御手段により前記煙発生手段の駆動を制御するように構成したのが好ましい。 The electronic cigarette of the present invention, has a smoke generating means for generating a pseudo smoke from the tip portion of the casing, on the basis of the detection result of said detecting means, for controlling the driving of said smoke generating means by said control means preferably configured as.
これにより、ケーシング内を流通する空気、または空気と香味成分との混合気の風量が検出手段によって検出され、この検出手段の検出結果に基づいて(検出手段からの信号に応じて)、制御手段により煙発生手段の駆動が制御され、煙発生手段のON/OFF、煙量が制御されることになる。 Thus, detected by the air-fuel mixture of air volume detecting means and the air or air and flavor components, flows in the casing, (in response to a signal from the detection means) detecting based on the result of the detection means, the control means driving the smoke generating means is controlled, oN / OFF of the smoke generating means, so that the smoke amount is controlled by the.
従って、喫煙者の吸い込み力に応じて煙発生手段から擬似的な煙を発生させたり、煙の発生を停止させたり、煙の発生量を調整したりすることができるので、タバコの煙を吸い込んだときのような感覚が得られる。 Therefore, it generates a pseudo smoke smoke generating means according to the suction force of the smoker, or to stop the generation of smoke, it is possible or to adjust the amount of generated smoke, inhale tobacco smoke feeling can be obtained, such as when he.
【0019】 [0019]
本発明の電子タバコでは、前記ケーシング内を流通する空気、または空気と香味成分とを含む混合気を加熱する加熱手段を有するのが好ましい。 The electronic cigarette of the present invention preferably has a heating means for heating the air-fuel mixture containing air or air and flavor components, circulating in the casing.
これにより、ケーシング内を流通する空気、または空気と香味成分との混合気は加熱手段によって加熱されることになるので、タバコの煙を吸い込んだときのような感覚が得られる。 Thus, mixture of air or air and flavor components, circulating in the casing is so will be heated by the heating means, feeling as if sucked cigarette smoke is obtained.
【0020】 [0020]
【発明の実施の形態】 DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION
以下、本発明の電子タバコ(擬似喫煙具)を添付図面に示す好適実施形態に基づいて詳細に説明する。 It will be described in detail with reference to preferred embodiments shown electronic cigarette of the present invention (pseudo smoking article) in the accompanying drawings.
図1〜図5には、本発明による電子タバコの第1実施形態が示されていて、図1は、電子タバコの全体を示す平面図、図2は、図1の断面図、図3は、図2の部分拡大図、図4は、吐出手段の構成例を示す断面図、図5は、電子タバコのブロック図である。 In FIGS. 1 to 5, it is shown a first embodiment of the electronic cigarette according to the present invention, FIG. 1 is a plan view showing an entire electronic cigarette, FIG. 2 is a cross-sectional view of FIG. 1, FIG. 3 , partially enlarged view of FIG. 2, FIG. 4 is a sectional view showing a configuration example of the discharge means, FIG. 5 is a block diagram of the electronic cigarette.
なお、説明の都合上、図1および図2中、左側を「先端」、右側を「基端」として説明する。 For convenience of explanation, in FIGS. 1 and 2, the left "tip", illustrating the right side as "proximal".
【0021】 [0021]
図1および図2に示すように、電子タバコ1は、全体形状が丸棒状(棒状)、すなわち、略円柱状をなすタバコ本体100と、液状の香味生成媒体が収納された収納部を有するカートリッジ21とを備えている。 As shown in FIGS. 1 and 2, the cartridge electronic cigarette 1, having the overall shape is a round bar (bar-like), i.e., a cigarette main body 100 having a substantially cylindrical shape, a housing portion which the liquid flavor generating medium are housed and a 21.
タバコ本体100は、ケーシング2と、ケーシング2内に香味生成媒体の液滴を吐出させる第1吐出手段(吐出手段)14および第2吐出手段(煙発生手段)17と、第1吐出手段14および第2吐出手段17の駆動等を制御する制御手段27とを備えている。 Tobacco body 100 includes a casing 2, a first discharge means (discharge means) 14 and the second ejection means (smoke generating means) 17 for ejecting droplets of the flavor generating medium in the casing 2, and the first ejection means 14 and a control unit 27 for controlling the drive circuit of a second discharge means 17.
【0022】 [0022]
ケーシング2の全体形状は、丸棒状(棒状)、すなわち、略円柱状をなしている。 Overall shape of the casing 2, a round bar (bar-like), i.e., has a substantially cylindrical shape. このケーシング2のタバコのフィルタに相当する基端部(長手方向の一端部)には、咥え部7が設けられており、この咥え部7の中心部には、空気や、空気と香味成分とを含む混合気等を流通させる所定の長さの流路3が、長手方向に沿って設けられている。 The base end portion corresponding to the casing 2 of cigarettes filter (longitudinal end), and suck portion 7 is provided in the center of this clamp part 7, and air, air and flavor predetermined length of the flow path 3 for circulating like mixture containing a component is provided along the longitudinal direction.
【0023】 [0023]
流路3は、本実施形態においては横断面が円形状をなすものであって、その基端が咥え部7の基端側の端面中央部に開口(開放)し、この開口部が香味成分(空気と香味成分とを含む混合気)を口内に吸い込むための吸引口4に形成されている。 The flow path 3, the cross section in this embodiment be one which forms a circular, its base end is opened (open) to the end surface central portion on the base end side of the clamp portion 7, the opening flavoring component (mixture containing air and flavor components) are formed in the suction port 4 for sucking in the mouth.
流路3の先端部は、先端に向かって順次拡径するテーパ面5に形成され、このテーバ面5の最大径部には、ケーシング2を径方向に貫通する取り込み口(側口)6が周方向に所定の間隔ごとに複数設けられ、この取り込み口6を介して流路3内がケーシング2の外面側に開放されるようになっている。 Tip of the flow path 3 is formed in a tapered surface 5 which sequentially increases in diameter toward the tip, the maximum diameter portion of the Taber surface 5, inlet passing through the casing 2 in the radial direction (side port) 6 multiple disposed at predetermined intervals in the circumferential direction, the flow path 3 is adapted to be opened on the outer surface side of the casing 2 through the inlet 6. 取り込み口6の形状は、例えば、断面方形状、断面円形状等とすることができる(本実施形態においては断面方形状としている)。 The shape of inlet 6, for example, (is the cross-sectional rectangular shape in the present embodiment) cross rectangular shape may be a circular section shape. 咥え部7を口に咥えて息を吸い込むと、取り込み口6を介して流路3内に空気が取り込まれ、この空気は流路3内を吸引口4に向かって流通し、吸引口4から口内に流入する。 When the suck portion 7 inhale breath example sucking mouth, air is taken into the flow path 3 through the inlet 6, the air flows toward the inside of the flow path 3 to the suction port 4, the suction port 4 and it flows into the mouth from.
【0024】 [0024]
流路3の長手方向の中央部に対応するケーシング2の部分には、吐出手段である第1吐出手段14が流路3に面するように設けられ、この第1吐出手段14の駆動によって流路3内に香味生成媒体の微細な液滴が吐出される。 The portion of the casing 2 which corresponds to the central portion in the longitudinal direction of the passage 3, the first discharge means 14 is provided so as to face the flow path 3 is discharging means, the flow driven by the first discharge means 14 fine droplets of the flavor generating medium is discharged into the road 3. 第1吐出手段14によって流路3内に吐出された香味生成媒体の液滴は、流路3内を流通する空気と混合されて流路3内を流れ、混合気となって吸引口4から口内に流入する。 Droplets of the flavor generating medium ejected into the flow path 3 by the first discharge means 14, it flows in the flow path 3 is mixed with the air flowing in the flow path 3, from the suction port 4 becomes a mixed gas and it flows into the mouth.
前記ケーシング2の構成材料は、特に限定されず、例えば、各種樹脂、各種金属、各種セラミックス、木、紙等が挙げられる。 The material of the casing 2 is not particularly limited, for example, various resins, various metals, various ceramics, wood, paper and the like.
【0025】 [0025]
香味生成媒体は、燃焼によることなく、それを液滴として吐出することにより香味を生成することのできる媒体であり、用途等に応じて適宜選択される。 Flavor generation medium without by burning, it is a medium capable of generating a flavor by ejecting droplets is appropriately selected depending on the purpose or the like. この香味生成媒体には、例えば、種々の天然物からの抽出物質や、それらの構成成分等のうちの所定のものが含まれる。 The flavor generating medium, for example, and extracted substances from various natural products, include those of a given one of such components thereof. 香味生成媒体が含有する香味物質としては、例えば、メンソール、カフェイン、熱分解により香味を生成する配糖体等の前駆体、タバコ抽出成分やタバコ煙擬縮物成分等のタバコ成分等を用いることができる。 The flavoring substances contained the flavor generation medium, for example, using menthol, caffeine, a precursor of such glycosides for generating a flavor by thermal decomposition, the tobacco components, such as tobacco extract component or a tobacco smoke 擬縮 ingredients such be able to. この場合、香味生成媒体を無害化するのが好ましく、有害成分は取り除かれるのが好ましい。 In this case, it is preferable to detoxify flavor generating medium, harmful components are preferably removed.
また、香味生成媒体は、香味に煙を加えるため、例えば、加熱時にエアロゾルを生成する物質を含むことができる。 Further, the flavor generating medium is to add smoke to the flavor, for example, it can include a substance that generates aerosol when heated. エアロゾルを生成する物質としては、例えば、グリセリン、プロピレングリコール等のポリオール類、低級アルコール類、糖類や、これらの混合物等を用いることができる。 As a substance for generating an aerosol, for example, glycerol, polyols such as propylene glycol, lower alcohols, and sugars can be used a mixture thereof.
【0026】 [0026]
第1吐出手段14には、流体ジェット方式(例えば、インクジェット方式)を採用する。 The first discharge means 14, employing a fluid jet system (e.g., an ink jet method). 流体ジェット方式は、アクチュエータを駆動して液体等の流体が充填されたキャビティ(圧力室)内の圧力を変化させることによりそのキャビティに連通するノズルから前記流体を液滴として吐出する方式である。 Fluid jet method is a method of discharging the fluid from the nozzle communicating with the cavity as liquid droplets by changing the pressure in the cavity a fluid-filled liquid or the like by driving an actuator (pressure chamber). この流体ジェット方式としては、例えば、サーマルジェット方式(バブルジェット方式(「バブルジェット」は登録商標))等の膜沸騰流体ジェット方式、圧電方式(ピエゾ方式)、静電方式等を挙げることができる。 As the fluid jet method, for example, thermal jet method (bubble jet method ( "bubble jet" is a registered trademark)) film boiling fluid jet system such as a piezoelectric method (piezo method), can be cited an electrostatic system, etc. . 但し、これらの方式に限らず、同様の機能を有するものであればよい。 However, not limited to these methods, as long as it has a similar function.
【0027】 [0027]
サーマルジェット方式(バブルジェット方式(「バブルジェット」は登録商標))等の膜沸騰流体ジェット方式の吐出ヘッドは、通電により発熱する発熱体(ヒーター)を有する膜沸騰式アクチュエータを備えている。 Thermal jet system (bubble jet system ( "bubble jet" is a registered trademark)) ejection head film boiling fluid jet system such as is provided with a film boiling actuator having a heating element for generating heat (heater) when energized. この膜沸騰流体ジェット方式では、例えば、通電により発熱体を発熱させ、これにより気泡(バブル)を発生させ、この気泡の圧力(気泡による液圧の変化)により液滴を吐出させる。 This film boiling fluid jet system, for example, a heating element to generate heat by energization, thereby to generate a bubble (bubbles) to eject liquid droplets by the pressure of the bubble (hydraulic pressure change due to the air bubbles).
【0028】 [0028]
また、圧電方式(ピエゾ方式)の吐出ヘッドは、圧電素子(ピエゾ素子)を有し、その圧電素子の圧電効果(ピエゾ効果)を利用した圧電式アクチュエータを備えている。 The discharge head of the piezoelectric system (piezo method) has a piezoelectric element (piezo element), and a piezoelectric actuator using a piezoelectric effect (piezoelectric effect) of the piezoelectric element. この圧電方式では、例えば、圧電素子に電圧を印加し、圧電素子を変位(変形)させてキャビティ(圧力室)の容積を変化させ、これによりキャビティ51内の圧力を変化させることにより液滴を吐出させる。 In this piezoelectric system, for example, a voltage is applied to the piezoelectric element, by displacing the piezoelectric element (deformation) alter the volume of the cavity (pressure chamber), thereby droplets by varying the pressure in the cavity 51 ejected.
【0029】 [0029]
また、静電方式の吐出ヘッドは、静電式アクチュエータを備えている。 The discharge head of the electrostatic type is provided with an electrostatic actuator. この静電方式では、例えば、静電式アクチュエータの対向電極間に電圧を印加してクーロン力を発生させ、振動板を変位(変形)させてキャビティ(圧力室)の容積を変化させ、これによりキャビティ51内の圧力を変化させることにより液滴を吐出させる。 This electrostatic method, for example, to generate a Coulomb force by applying a voltage between the opposing electrodes of the electrostatic actuator, and a vibration plate is displaced (deformed) by changing the volume of the cavity (pressure chamber), thereby ejecting droplets by varying the pressure in the cavity 51.
【0030】 [0030]
本実施形態においては、第1吐出手段14は、図3に示すように、香味生成媒体の液滴を吐出させるノズル16を有する流体ジェット方式の吐出ヘッド15を複数(図示例では4つ)備えている。 In this embodiment, first discharge means 14, as shown in FIG. 3, (four in the illustrated example) a plurality of ejection heads 15 of the fluid jet system having a nozzle 16 for ejecting the droplets of the flavor generating medium comprises ing. すなわち、第1吐出手段14は、流体ジェット方式の複数の吐出ヘッド15を有するヘッドユニットを備えている。 That is, the first discharge means 14 includes a head unit having a plurality of ejection heads 15 of the fluid jet system. なお、吐出ヘッド15の数は、4つに限らず、1つ、2つ、3つ、または5つ以上としてもよい。 The number of the ejection head 15 is not limited to four, one, two, or as three or five or more.
各吐出ヘッド15は、ノズル16の径がそれぞれ異なる大きさに形成され、例えば、これらの吐出ヘッド15のON/OFFを組み合わせることにより、香味生成媒体の吐出量を所定量に調整することができる。 Each ejection head 15, the diameter of the nozzle 16 is formed in different sizes, for example, by combining the ON / OFF of the discharge head 15, it can be adjusted ejection amount of the flavor generating medium to a predetermined amount .
【0031】 [0031]
以下、代表的に、図4に基づいて、静電方式を採用した場合の吐出ヘッド15の構成例を説明する。 Hereinafter, typically, on the basis of FIG. 4, a configuration example of a discharge head 15 in the case of adopting the electrostatic method. なお、図4には、複数の吐出ヘッド15のうちの1つのみが示されている。 Incidentally, in FIG. 4, there is shown only one of the plurality of ejection heads 15.
図4に示すように、吐出ヘッド15は、シリコン基板42の上側にシリコン製のノズルプレート41を積層し、下側にガラス基板43を積層した3層構造をなしている。 As shown in FIG. 4, the ejection head 15, the silicon of the nozzle plate 41 are laminated on the upper side of the silicon substrate 42, and has a 3-layer structure of the glass substrate 43 on the lower side.
【0032】 [0032]
シリコン基板42とノズルプレート41との間には、香味生成媒体が充填されるキャビティ(圧力室)51と、リザーバ53と、リザーバ53とキャビティ51とを相互に連通するオリフィス(供給口)52とが設けられている。 Between the silicon substrate 42 and the nozzle plate 41 includes a cavity (pressure chamber) 51 which flavor generating medium is filled, a reservoir 53, an orifice (supply port) for communicating the reservoir 53 and the cavity 51 to each other 52 and It is provided. ノズルプレート41のキャビティ51に対応する部分には、キャビティ51内外を連通するノズル(出口)16が設けられている。 The portion corresponding to the cavity 51 of the nozzle plate 41, nozzle (outlet) 16 for communicating the inside and outside the cavity 51 is provided. キャビティ51に面するシリコン基板42の部分は、他の部分よりも薄肉の振動板(底壁)45に形成されている。 Portion of the silicon substrate 42 that faces the cavity 51 is formed in the diaphragm (the bottom wall) 45 of thinner than other portions.
【0033】 [0033]
振動板45は、その面外方向(厚さ方向)、すなわち、上下方向に弾性変形(弾性変位)可能に構成されている。 Diaphragm 45, the out-of-plane direction (thickness direction), i.e., vertically elastically deformable are (elastically displaced) configured to be capable.
この振動板45と、ガラス基板43の上部に配置されるセグメント電極46と、これらの間の絶縁層47および空隙(凹部)54とによって静電式アクチュエータ(アクチュエータ)44の主要部が構成される。 And the diaphragm 45, and the segment electrode 46 disposed on top of the glass substrate 43, the main portion of the electrostatic actuator (actuator) 44 is constituted by an insulating layer 47 and the air gap (recess) 54 between them .
【0034】 [0034]
セグメント電極46と、このセグメント電極46に対向する共通電極48との間(対向電極間)に駆動電圧を印加するための駆動回路を含む吐出ヘッド駆動回路(電圧印加手段)29は、後述するCPU28から入力される信号(吐出用データ)に応じて、各対向電極間の充放電を行う。 A segment electrode 46, the ejection head driving circuit (voltage applying means) including a drive circuit for applying a driving voltage between (between opposing electrode) and the common electrode 48 opposed to the segment electrode 46 29, described later CPU28 in response to the signal (ejection data) inputted from charging and discharging between the counter electrodes. 吐出ヘッド駆動回路29の一方の出力端子は、個々のセグメント電極46に接続され、他方の出力端子は、シリコン基板42に形成された共通電極48の入力端子49に接続されている。 One output terminal of the ejection head driving circuit 29 is connected to each segment electrode 46 and the other output terminal is connected to the input terminal 49 of the common electrode 48 formed on the silicon substrate 42. なお、シリコン基板42には不純物が注入されており、それ自体が導電性をもつため、入力端子49から振動板45(共通電極48全体)に電圧を印加(供給)することができる。 Incidentally, in the silicon substrate 42 are implanted impurities, it because itself has a conductivity, it is possible to apply a voltage to the vibrating plate 45 (the entire common electrode 48) from the input terminal 49 (supplied).
【0035】 [0035]
吐出ヘッド駆動回路29から対向電極間に駆動電圧が印加されると、対向電極間にクーロン力が発生し、振動板45は、図4に示す初期状態に対して、セグメント電極46側へ撓み、キャビティ51の容積が増大(拡大)する。 When the drive voltage from the ejection head driving circuit 29 between the counter electrode is applied, Coulomb force is generated between the opposed electrodes, the vibrating plate 45, the initial state shown in FIG. 4, the deflection to the segment electrode 46 side, volume of the cavity 51 is increased (expanded). この状態において、吐出ヘッド駆動回路29の制御により、対向電極間の電荷を急激に放電させると、振動板45は、その弾性復元力によって上方に復元し、図4に示す初期状態における振動板45の位置を越えて上部に移動し、キャビティ51の容積が急激に減少(収縮)する。 In this state, the control of the ejection head driving circuit 29, when the rapidly discharge electric charge between the opposing electrodes, the vibrating plate 45 is restored upward by its elastic restoring force, the diaphragm 45 in the initial state shown in FIG. 4 Go to the top beyond the position, volume of the cavity 51 is abruptly decreased (contraction). これにより、キャビティ51内の圧力が増大し、このキャビティ51内に発生する圧縮圧力により、キャビティ51を満たす香味生成媒体の一部が、このキャビティ51に連通しているノズル16から微細な液滴として吐出される。 Thus, increasing the pressure in the cavity 51, the compression pressure generated within the cavity 51, a portion of the flavor generating medium to fill the cavity 51, fine droplets from a nozzle 16 that communicates to the cavity 51 It is discharged as.
【0036】 [0036]
また、リザーバ53に対応するガラス基板43の部分には、リザーバ53に連通する取り入れ口55が設けられている。 In addition, the portion of the glass substrate 43 corresponding to the reservoir 53, inlet 55 communicating with the reservoir 53 is provided. この取り入れ口55には、後述する第1供給管33の基端側が連結され、この第1供給管33および取り入れ口55を介して後述するカートリッジ21からリザーバ53内に香味生成媒体が供給される。 This inlet 55, the base end side of the first supply pipe 33 described later are connected, the flavor generating medium is supplied from the cartridge 21 to be described later through the first supply pipe 33 and the inlet 55 to the reservoir 53 .
【0037】 [0037]
図2に示すように、第1吐出手段14の基端側(図中左側)の流路3の途中(流路3のテーパ面5の根元部)には、検出手段である風量センサ19が設けられ、この風量センサ19によって流路3内を流通する流体(空気または空気と香味成分との混合気)の流量が検出される。 As shown in FIG. 2, the base end side of the first discharge means 14 the middle of the flow path 3 in (the left side in the drawing) (root portion of the tapered surface 5 of the flow path 3), the air volume sensor 19 is a detecting means provided, the flow rate of the fluid (mixture of air, or air and flavor components) flowing through the flow path 3 by the air flow sensor 19 is detected.
第1吐出手段14の先端側(図中右側)の流路3の途中には、加熱手段20が設けられ、この加熱手段20の駆動によって流路3内を流通する流体(空気、または空気と香味成分とを含む混合気)が加熱され、吸引口4から所定の温度に加熱された流体が流出する。 In the middle of the flow path 3 on the front end side of the first ejection means 14 (the right side in the drawing), the heating means 20 is provided, fluid (air flowing in the flow path 3 by the driving of the heating means 20 or the air, mixture containing a flavor component) is heated, fluid heated from the suction port 4 to a predetermined temperature flows out. 加熱手段20としては、流体を加熱することができる機能を有するものであれば特に限定されるものではなく、例えば、マイクロヒータ等が挙げられる。 The heating means 20 is not particularly limited so long as it has a function capable of heating the fluid, for example, a micro heater, and the like. マイクロヒータは、電気を熱エネルギーに変換するものであって、その形状、方式は任意に選択することができる。 Micro heater, the electrical be one that converts into thermal energy, the shape, method can be selected arbitrarily. 通常は、ヒータ薄膜を形成し、その抵抗に電流を流すことで熱を発生させる。 Typically, to form a heater film, to generate heat by supplying a current to the resistance.
【0038】 [0038]
なお、加熱手段20を咥え部7に着脱自在として、必要に応じて咥え部7に取り付けるようにしてもよい。 As detachable heating unit 20 to suck part 7 may be attached to the clamp part 7 as required.
また、加熱手段20を第1吐出手段14の上流側、すなわち先端側(図2中左側)に設け、加熱手段20の駆動によって、流路3内を流通し、第1吐出手段14に到達する前の空気(香味生成媒体の液滴と混合される前の空気)を加熱するように構成してもよい。 Further, the heating means 20 upstream of the first discharge means 14, i.e. provided on the tip side (left side in FIG. 2), by driving the heating means 20, flows through the channel 3, reaches the first discharge means 14 it may be configured to heat the air before the (air before being mixed with the droplets of the flavor generating medium).
【0039】 [0039]
ケーシング2の長手方向の中央部(流路3の図中左側の部分)には、上面がケーシング2の外面側に開口する所定の深さのカートリッジ室(装着部)8が設けられ、このカートリッジ室8内に、液状の香味生成媒体が収納(充填)されたカートリッジ21が着脱自在に装着される。 The longitudinal center portion of the casing 2 (in the drawing portion of the left side of the flow path 3), top cartridge chamber of a predetermined depth which is open on the outer surface side of the casing 2 (mounting portion) 8 is provided, the cartridge the chamber 8, the cartridge 21 the liquid flavor generating medium is housed (filled) is detachably mounted. カートリッジ室8の軸方向の一方(図2中左側)の端面には、カートリッジ検出兼電源スイッチ9が設けられている。 The end surface of one axial direction of the cartridge chamber 8 (the left side in FIG. 2), the cartridge detection and power switch 9 is provided. カートリッジ21がカートリッジ室8に装着される(取り付けられる)と、カートリッジ検出兼電源スイッチ9がONし、カートリッジ21の装着状態が検出されるとともに、電源26がONし、カートリッジ21がカートリッジ室8から離脱される(取り外される)と、カートリッジ検出兼電源スイッチ9がOFFし、カートリッジ21の未装着状態が検出されるとともに、電源26がOFFする。 Cartridge 21 is mounted in the cartridge chamber 8 and (attached), the cartridge detection and power switch 9 is turned ON, with the mounting state of the cartridge 21 is detected, the power supply 26 is turned ON, the cartridge 21 from the cartridge chamber 8 is detached and (removed), the cartridge detection and power switch 9 is OFF, with non-mounted state of the cartridge 21 is detected, the power supply 26 is turned OFF.
【0040】 [0040]
カートリッジ21は、全体形状が箱状をなすカートリッジ本体(ケーシング)210を有している。 Cartridge 21, the entire shape has a cartridge body (casing) 210 forming a box-like. カートリッジ本体210の内部は、第1室22と第2室23の2室に区画され、これら第1室22および第2室23内にそれぞれ液状の香味生成媒体が所定量収納(充填)されている。 Interior of the cartridge body 210 is partitioned into a first chamber 22 second chamber of the second chamber 23, these first chamber 22 and second chamber each liquid in 23 the flavor generating medium is a predetermined amount stored (filled) there. 第1室22内に収納される香味生成媒体と、第2室23内に収納される香味生成媒体とは、同一のものでもよく、また、異なるのものでもよい。 A flavor generation medium to be housed in the first chamber 22, and the flavor generating medium to be housed in the second chamber 23 may be identical ones or may be ones different.
【0041】 [0041]
カートリッジ本体(ケーシング)210の構成材料は、特に限定されず、例えば、各種樹脂等が挙げられる。 Construction material of the cartridge body (casing) 210 is not particularly limited, for example, various resins.
なお、カートリッジ本体210の内部を1室としてもよい。 Incidentally, the interior of the cartridge body 210 may be one chamber. また、カートリッジ21に前述した第1吐出手段14を設け(カートリッジ21と第1吐出手段14とを一体化し)、これらが、一体的に、ケーシング2(タバコ本体100)のカートリッジ室(装着部)8に着脱自在に装着されるように構成してもよい。 Further, the first discharge means 14 described above to the cartridge 21 provided (integrated cartridge 21 and the first discharge means 14), these are integrally, the cartridge chamber (mounting portion) of the casing 2 (cigarette main body 100) it may be configured to be detachably mounted to 8.
【0042】 [0042]
カートリッジ本体210の第1室22の下面側には、後述する第1供給管33の先端側の鋭利な端部331が穿刺される被穿刺部221が形成されている。 On the lower surface side of the first chamber 22 of the cartridge body 210, the puncture 221 is formed sharp end 331 of the distal end side of the first supply pipe 33 described later is punctured. 同様に、第2室23の下面側には、後述する第2供給管34の基端側の鋭利な端部341が穿刺される被穿刺部231が形成されている。 Similarly, the lower surface side of the second chamber 23, to be punctured 231 sharp end 341 of the proximal end side of the second supply pipe 34 to be described later is punctured is formed. カートリッジ21がカートリッジ室8に装着されると、第1供給管33の鋭利な端部331および第2供給管34の鋭利な端部341が、それぞれ、カートリッジ本体210の被穿刺部221および被穿刺部231を穿刺し、貫通する。 When the cartridge 21 is mounted in the cartridge chamber 8, sharp end 341 of the sharpened end 331 and a second supply pipe 34 of the first supply pipe 33, respectively, to be punctured portion 221 and the puncture of the cartridge body 210 the part 231 is punctured, it penetrates. これにより、第1室22内と第1供給管33とが連通し、第2室23内と第2供給管34とが連通する。 Thus, the first chamber 22 and the first supply pipe 33 are communicated, and the second chamber 23 and the second supply pipe 34 are communicated.
【0043】 [0043]
ケーシング2の外周縁部には、カートリッジ室8の第1室22に対応する部位と前述した第1吐出手段14との間を軸線方向に相互に連通する第1供給管33と、カートリッジ室8の第2室23に対応する部位と後述する第2吐出手段17との間を軸線方向に相互に連通する第2供給管34とが、それぞれ埋設されている。 The outer peripheral edge portion of the casing 2, a first supply pipe 33 communicating with each other in the axial direction between the first discharge means 14 described above and portions corresponding to the first chamber 22 of the cartridge chamber 8, the cartridge chamber 8 a second supply pipe 34 communicating with each other in the axial direction between the second discharge means 17 to be described later portion corresponding to the second chamber 23 of, are embedded, respectively. 第1供給管33の先端部には、鋭利な端部(穿刺針)331が形成されており、第2供給管34の基端部には、鋭利な端部(穿刺針)341が形成されている。 The distal end of the first supply pipe 33, which is sharp end (needle) 331 is formed, the base end portion of the second supply pipe 34, the sharp end (needle) 341 is formed ing. これら第1供給管33、第2供給管34を介して、カートリッジ21の第1室22から第1吐出手段14に、第2室23から第2吐出手段17に、それぞれ香味生成媒体が供給される。 The first supply pipe 33, through the second supply pipe 34, the first ejection means 14 from the first chamber 22 of the cartridge 21, the second chamber 23 from the second discharge means 17 is supplied with each flavor generating medium that.
【0044】 [0044]
ケーシング2の長手方向の中央部(ケーシング室8の図中左側の部分)には、基端側に電源(電源部)26が、その先端側に、第1吐出手段14、第2吐出手段17、風量センサ19、加熱手段20、電源26、後述する発光手段32等の駆動を制御する制御手段27が、それぞれ内蔵されている。 The longitudinal center portion of the casing 2 (in the drawing portion of the left side of the casing chamber 8), the power supply on the base end side (power supply unit) 26, at its distal end, the first discharge means 14, the second discharge means 17 , airflow sensor 19, the heating means 20, power supply 26, a control unit 27 for controlling the driving of such light-emitting means 32 to be described later, are built respectively. なお、電源26が、ケーシング2内に着脱自在に装着し得るように構成してもよい。 The power supply 26 may be configured to be detachably mounted in the casing 2.
【0045】 [0045]
電源26としては、例えば、一次電池、二次電池等の電池等を使用することができる。 The power source 26, for example, can be used primary battery, such as a battery, such as a rechargeable battery. この場合、エネルギー密度の高い燃料電池を使用することにより、小型、軽量化を図ることができる。 In this case, by using a high fuel cell energy density, it is possible to reduce the size, weight. 燃料電池をカートリッジ形状にして、簡易に交換できるようにしてもよい。 The fuel cell in the cartridge shape, may be able to replace easily.
ケーシング2の先端部(長手方向の他端部)には、所定の空間10が設けられており、この空間10に臨むケーシング2の部分には、ケーシング2を径方向に貫通する取り込み・放出口(側口)11が周方向に所定の間隔ごとに複数設けられ、これらの取り込み・放出口11を介して空間10内がケーシング2の外面側に開放されるようになっている。 Tip portion of the casing 2 in the (longitudinal direction of the other end), has been predetermined space 10 is provided in part of the casing 2 facing to the space 10, capture and outlet passing through the casing 2 in the radial direction (side opening) 11 a plurality provided at predetermined intervals in the circumferential direction, space 10 through these capture and outlet 11 is adapted to be opened on the outer surface side of the casing 2. 取り込み・放出口11の形状は、例えば、断面方形状、断面円形状等とすることができる(本実施形態においては断面方形状としている)。 The shape of capture and outlet 11, for example, (is the cross-sectional rectangular shape in the present embodiment) cross rectangular shape may be a circular section shape.
【0046】 [0046]
空間10に隣接するケーシング2の図中右側の部分には、空間10に面するように煙発生手段である第2吐出手段17が設けられ、この第2吐出手段17の駆動によって空間10内に香味生成媒体の微細な液滴が吐出されるようになっている。 The right side of the drawing portion of the casing 2 adjacent to the space 10, the second discharge means 17 is provided a smoke generating means so as to face the space 10, the space 10 by the driving of the second discharge means 17 fine droplets of the flavor generating medium is adapted to be discharged. この場合、例えば、香味生成媒体の選択や組合せ等により、タバコの煙(副流煙)に似せた擬似的な煙(副流煙)を発生させることができる。 In this case, for example, may be by selection and combination of flavor generating medium, to generate tobacco smoke pseudo smoke resembling (sidestream smoke) (sidestream smoke).
【0047】 [0047]
第2吐出手段17の構成は、前述した第1吐出手段14と同様であるので、図示およびその説明は、省略する。 Configuration of the second discharge means 17 is similar to the first ejection means 14 described above, the illustration and description thereof will be omitted.
第2吐出手段17の駆動によって、空間10内に香味生成媒体の液滴が吐出され、これにより、空間10内にタバコの煙(副流煙)に似た擬似的な煙(副流煙)が発生し、これが取り込み・放出口11から外部に放出される。 By driving the second discharge means 17, discharged droplets of the flavor generating medium in the space 10, thereby, pseudo smoke similar to tobacco smoke (sidestream smoke) into the space 10 (sidestream smoke) There occurs, which is released from the capture and outlet 11 to the outside. この場合、発生する(放出する)擬似的な煙は、無害であるのが好ましい。 In this case, it generated (release) simulated smoke is preferably harmless. また、発生する擬似的な煙は、無臭であってもよく、また、有臭であってもよい。 In addition, pseudo smoke that occurs, may be odorless, also, may be odorous. また、有臭の擬似的な煙を発生する場合は、その臭いは、例えば、タバコの副流煙のような臭いではなく、好まれる臭いとするのが好ましい。 In the case of generating pseudo smoke smelling, the smell, for example, rather than a smell like sidestream cigarette smoke, preferably in the odor of choice.
【0048】 [0048]
ケーシング2の先端部(空間10に隣接する部分)には、ケーシング2の先端面に開口する所定の深さの凹部12が設けられ、この凹部12の開口部は湾曲形状の拡散レンズ13によって閉塞されている。 Obstruction to the distal end of the casing 2 (portion adjacent to the space 10), the recess 12 having a predetermined depth is provided which opens on the distal end surface of the casing 2, the diffusion lens 13 openings curved shape of the recess 12 It is.
凹部12の底面側には発光手段32が設けられ、この発光手段32を駆動させて発光させることにより、タバコの火種に似せた擬似的な安全な火種を発生することができ、これにより、タバコの火種と同じような視覚的効果が得られる。 Light emitting means 32 is provided on the bottom surface of the recess 12, by emitting light by driving the light emitting means 32, it is possible to generate a pseudo-safe flame source that resembles the spark cigarette, thereby, tobacco similar visual effect as the spark is obtained.
【0049】 [0049]
発光手段32は、風量センサ19からの信号に応じて(風量センサ19の検出結果に基づいて)発光量が調整される。 Light emitting means 32, in response to the signal from the air flow sensor 19 (based on the detection result of the air flow sensor 19) the light emission amount is adjusted. 発光手段32としては、例えば、赤色のLED(発光ダイオード)、有機EL(Electro Luminescence)等が挙げられるが、これに限定することなく、同様の機能を有するものであればよい。 The light emitting means 32, for example, a red LED (light emitting diode), and organic EL (Electro Luminescence) and the like, without being limited thereto, as long as it has a similar function.
制御手段27は、図5に示すように、第1吐出手段14、第2吐出手段17、加熱手段20、風量センサ19、発光手段32および電源26等の駆動を制御するCPU(Central Processing Unit)28と、第1吐出手段14、第2吐出手段17を駆動させる回路が組み込まれた吐出ヘッド駆動回路29とを備えている。 Control means 27, as shown in FIG. 5, the first discharge means 14, the second discharge means 17, heating means 20, air flow sensor 19, the light emitting unit 32 and the CPU for controlling the drive power supply 26 such as a (Central Processing Unit) 28, first discharge means 14, the circuit for driving the second discharge means 17 and a discharge head drive circuit 29 incorporated.
【0050】 [0050]
本実施形態による電子タバコ1は、上記のような制御手段27を有することにより、各種の制御を行うことができる。 Electronic cigarette 1 according to the present embodiment, by having the control unit 27 as described above, it is possible to perform various controls.
例えば、第2吐出手段17のON/OFFを制御することによるタバコの煙(副流煙)に似た擬似的な煙の発生のON/OFFの制御や、発光手段32の発光のON/OFFの制御等が可能となる。 For example, control of pseudo smoke generation of ON / OFF, similar to smoke (secondhand smoke) of tobacco by controlling the ON / OFF of the second discharge means 17, emission of ON / OFF of the light emitting means 32 control, etc. is possible. 従って、タバコの喫煙が禁止されているような場所(例えば、公共の場所、駅、レストラン等)においては、擬似的な煙の発生をOFF、発光手段の発光をOFFとすることができる。 Thus, locations such as smoking tobacco is prohibited (for example, public places, stations, restaurants, etc.) in the generation of pseudo smoke OFF, the light emission of the light emitting means can be turned OFF.
【0051】 [0051]
また、加熱手段20による空気、または空気と香味成分とを含む混合気の加熱は、夏場にはOFFとし、冬場には暖かさが望まれるためにONとするような制御が可能となる。 The air by the heating means 20 or the heating of the mixture including air and flavor components, in summer the and OFF, it is possible to control such that the ON to warmth is desired in winter.
また、タバコに近づけるため、喫煙の最初においては、タバコの長い流路を通る弱い香り、低い温度に似せた状態を再現することができ、喫煙の終盤においては、短い流路を通るための強い香り、高い温度に似せた状態を再現するような制御が可能となる。 Further, since the closer to the tobacco in the first smoking, weak smell through the long channel-cigarette, it is possible to reproduce a state resembling low temperature, in the end of the smoking strong for passing through the short flow path fragrance, it is possible to control so as to reproduce a state resembling a high temperature.
【0052】 [0052]
また、これらの制御は、電子タバコ1に銘柄を付して、銘柄に応じた擬似喫煙プログラミングデータを切り替えることにより、銘柄単位で変化を付けることも可能となる。 Also, these controls are denoted by the brand electronic cigarette 1, by switching the pseudo smoking programming data corresponding to the stock, it is possible to give a change in stock units. または、個人毎に嗜好をカスタマイズすることもできる。 Or, it is also possible to customize the preferences to each individual. 例えば、ロングフィルタによって香りをマイルドにした状態を再現したり、仮想的な一本の吸い込み回数の多少を設定したりすることが可能となる。 For example, to reproduce the state in which the mild aroma by long-filter, it is possible and to set some number sucked virtual one.
【0053】 [0053]
また、これらの擬似喫煙プログラムをROMに書き込んでそのROMをカートリッジ21や別のカートリッジ(図示せず)に取り付け、カートリッジ21や別のカートリッジを介してケーシング2(タバコ本体100)にそのROMを着脱自在に装着し得るようにしてもよい。 Also, write these pseudo smoking program ROM attaching the ROM cartridge 21 and another cartridge (not shown), removable the ROM to the casing 2 (cigarette main body 100) via the cartridge 21 and another cartridge it may be adapted to mounted freely. また、ケーシング2(タバコ本体100)に着脱自在に装着し得るカートリッジ21や別のカートリッジ(図示せず)にRAMを設け、このRAMに、前記擬似喫煙プログラムを、例えば、ブルートゥースといった無線インターフェースでダウンロードする、または赤外線で伝送するような形態としてもよい。 Further, the RAM provided in the casing 2 removably be mounted cartridge 21 or another cartridge (cigarette main body 100) (not shown), download to the RAM, the pseudo smoking program, for example, a wireless interface such as Bluetooth to, or may be a form such as to transmit the infrared.
【0054】 [0054]
また、ケーシング2(タバコ本体100)に、所定の擬似喫煙プログラムが書き込まれたメモリーを組み込んでおいて、ダイアル等でその嗜好パターンのどれかを選択するようにしてもよい。 Further, the casing 2 (cigarette main body 100), in advance incorporate memory in which a predetermined pseudo smoking program is written, may be selected for any of its preference pattern dial or the like. この場合、例えば、対となるライターもどきの別ユニットによって、その擬似喫煙プログラムの格納や嗜好パターンの選択を行えるようにしてもよい。 In this case, for example, by another unit of the lighter mock forming a pair, it can be offered by the selection of the storage and preferences pattern of the pseudo smoking program.
【0055】 [0055]
また、例えば、RFID(無線タグ)といったものをケーシング2(タバコ本体100)、カートリッジ21や別のカートリッジ(図示せず)、別ユニットに取り付け、擬似喫煙プログラムを切り替えたり、擬似喫煙プログラム中のパラメータを切り替えることが可能なようにしてもよい。 Further, for example, RFID (radio tag) things like the casing 2 (cigarette main body 100), the cartridge 21 and another cartridge (not shown), attached to another unit, or switch pseudo smoking program, parameters in pseudo smoking program it may be capable of switching between.
上記のように構成した本実施形態による電子タバコ1の咥え部7を唇で挟んで息を吸い込むと、取り込み口6から空気が流路3内に流入し、流路3内を流通する風量が風量センサ19で検出され、風量センサ19からの信号に応じて(風量センサ19の検出結果に基づいて)制御手段27により第1吐出手段14が駆動され、吐出ヘッド15のノズル16から所定量の香味生成媒体の液滴が流路3内に吐出され、流路3内を流通する空気と香味成分とが混合されて、それらの混合気が吸引口4から口内に流入し、口内に香味成分が拡散し、タバコに似た香味を嗜好することができる。 If breathes across the clamp portion 7 of the electronic cigarette 1 according to the present embodiment constructed as described above with the lips, air flows into the channel 3 from the intake port 6, flowing through the channel 3 air volume There is detected by the air flow sensor 19, air flow in response to signals from the sensor 19 (based on the detection result of the air flow sensor 19) by the control means 27 first discharge means 14 is driven by a predetermined amount from the nozzle 16 of the ejection head 15 droplets of the flavor generating medium is discharged into the channel 3, is mixed with air and flavor components flowing in the flow path 3, those of the mixture flows from the suction port 4 into the mouth, flavor in the mouth component is diffused, it is possible to taste the flavor similar to tobacco.
【0056】 [0056]
この場合、第1吐出手段14の駆動開始時から十分な量の香味生成媒体の液滴がケーシング2内に吐出されるので、擬似喫煙の開始時(吸引の開始時)から十分な量の香味成分が得られ、タバコと同じような感覚が得られる。 In this case, since the liquid droplets of a sufficient amount of flavor generating medium from the time of start of driving of the first discharge means 14 is discharged into the casing 2, a sufficient amount from the beginning (at the start of suction) of the pseudo smoking flavor component is obtained, it is as though they tobacco obtained.
また、風量センサ19からの信号に応じて(風量センサ19の検出結果に基づいて)制御手段27により第2吐出手段17が駆動され、第2吐出手段17の吐出ヘッドのノズルから所定量の香味生成媒体の液滴が空間10内に吐出され、これにより、空間10内にタバコの煙(副流煙)に似た擬似的な煙が発生し、その煙が取り込み・放出口11から空間10外に流出し、このタバコの副流煙もどきの煙が周囲に拡散される。 Further, the air volume in response to a signal from the sensor 19 (based on the detection result of the air flow sensor 19) second discharge means 17 is driven by the control unit 27, a predetermined amount from the nozzles of the discharge head of the second discharge means 17 flavor discharged droplets of generating medium within the space 10, thereby, pseudo smoke similar to tobacco smoke (sidestream smoke) is generated in the space 10, the space 10 that smoke from the capture and discharge port 11 flow out, smoke sidestream smoke mock this cigarette is spread into the environment.
さらに、風量センサ19からの信号に応じて(風量センサ19の検出結果に基づいて)発光手段32が発光し、タバコの火種と同様の視覚的効果が与えられる。 Further, in response to a signal from the air flow sensor 19 (based on the detection result of the air flow sensor 19) light emitting means 32 emits light, given the same visual effect as flashpoint of tobacco.
【0057】 [0057]
次に、第2実施形態について説明する。 Next, a second embodiment will be described.
図6および図7には、本発明による電子タバコの第2実施形態が示されていて、図6は、部分拡大説明図、図7は、電子タバコのブロック図である。 The 6 and 7, it is shown a second embodiment of the electronic cigarette according to the present invention, FIG. 6 is a partial enlarged view, FIG. 7 is a block diagram of the electronic cigarette.
以下、第2実施形態の電子タバコ1について、前述した第1実施形態との相違点を中心に説明し、同様の事項については、その説明を省略する。 Hereinafter, an electronic cigarette 1 of the second embodiment will be described focusing on differences from the first embodiment, and descriptions of the same matters will be omitted.
【0058】 [0058]
図6に示すように、第2実施形態の電子タバコ1では、第1吐出手段14の各吐出ヘッド15のノズル16に対向させて、各ノズル16から吐出された香味生成媒体の液滴を霧化させる(微細化する)霧化手段18が設けられている。 As shown in FIG. 6, the fog in the electronic cigarette 1 of the second embodiment, by facing the nozzle 16 of the ejection head 15 of the first discharge means 14, the droplets of the discharged flavor generating medium from each nozzle 16 atomizing means 18 is provided for reduction (miniaturization). 図示しないが、同様に、第2吐出手段17の各吐出ヘッド15のノズル16に対向させて、各ノズル16から吐出された香味生成媒体の液滴を霧化させる(微細化する)霧化手段18が設けられている。 Although not shown, similarly, to face the nozzle 16 of the ejection head 15 of the second discharge means 17, (refining) to atomize the droplets of the flavor generating medium ejected from each nozzle 16 atomizing means 18 is provided. また、図7に示すように、制御手段27は、霧化手段18を駆動させる回路が組み込まれた霧化手段駆動回路30を有している。 Further, as shown in FIG. 7, the control means 27, the circuit for driving the atomizing means 18 has a atomizing means driving circuit 30 incorporated. その他の構成は、前記第1実施形態に示すものと同様である。 Other configurations are the same as those shown in the first embodiment.
【0059】 [0059]
この場合、霧化手段18としては、例えば、吐出ヘッド15のノズル16から吐出された香味生成媒体の液滴を受け取って加熱することにより霧化させる加熱手段や、香味生成媒体の液滴を受け取って振動させることにより霧化させる振動手段等が挙げられる。 In this case, the atomizing means 18, for example, received and heating means for atomizing by heating receive the droplets of the flavor generating medium ejected from the nozzle 16 of the ejection head 15, the droplets of the flavor generating medium such as a vibration means for atomizing the like by vibrating Te. 加熱手段としては、例えば、マイクロヒータ等が挙げられ、振動手段としては、例えば、超音波振動発生装置等が挙げられる。 The heating means, e.g., a micro heater or the like. Examples of the vibrating means, for example, ultrasonic vibration generator and the like.
【0060】 [0060]
なお、第1吐出手段14側の霧化手段18と、第2吐出手段17側の霧化手段18とのうちの一方を省略してもよい。 Incidentally, the atomizing means 18 of the first discharge means 14 side, one may be omitted among the second discharge means 17 side of the atomizing means 18.
また、霧化手段18が、ケーシング2(タバコ本体100)に着脱自在に装着されるように構成してもよい。 Further, the atomizing means 18 may be configured to be detachably mounted to the casing 2 (cigarette main body 100).
また、カートリッジ21に霧化手段18を設け(カートリッジ21と霧化手段18とを一体化し)、これらが、一体的に、ケーシング2(タバコ本体100)のカートリッジ室(装着部)8に着脱自在に装着されるように構成してもよい。 Further, the cartridge 21 provided with atomizing means 18 (integrated with the cartridge 21 and atomizing means 18), these are integrally, the cartridge chamber of the casing 2 (cigarette main body 100) detachably attached to the (mounting portion) 8 it may be configured to be attached to.
【0061】 [0061]
本実施形態においては、第1吐出手段14および第2吐出手段17のノズル16から吐出された香味生成媒体の液滴は、それぞれ、対応する霧化手段18によって霧化される。 In the present embodiment, droplets of the flavor generating medium ejected from the nozzles 16 of the first ejection means 14 and the second ejection means 17 are respectively atomized by the corresponding atomizing means 18.
すなわち、第1吐出手段14のノズル16から吐出された香味生成媒体の液滴は、対応する霧化手段18によって霧化されることになるので、ケーシング2の咥え部7を口に咥えて息を吸い込んだときに、取り込み口6からケーシング2内に流入した空気とケーシング2内の霧状の香味成分との混合気が口内に流入し、口内に香味成分が拡散し、タバコと似た香味を嗜好することができる。 That is, the droplets of the flavor generating medium ejected from the nozzles 16 of the first discharge means 14, so will be atomized by the corresponding atomizing means 18, mouth and jaw portion 7 of the casing 2 in the mouth forte when inhaled breath, mixture of the atomized flavor components of the inlet 6 in the air and the casing 2 has flowed into the casing 2 from the flows in the mouth, flavor components in the mouth is diffused, similar to tobacco it is possible to taste the flavor. この場合、霧化手段18によって霧状となった香味成分を口内に吸い込むことができるので、タバコの煙を吸い込んだときのような感覚が得られる。 In this case, since the flavor component becomes atomized by the atomizing means 18 can be sucked into the mouth, sensation as when inhaled cigarette smoke is obtained.
【0062】 [0062]
霧化手段18をマイクロヒータで構成した場合には、加熱されて霧状となった香味生成媒体の粒子が口内に流入することになるので、口内に効率良く香味成分を拡散させることができ、タバコの煙を吸い込んだときのような感覚が得られる。 The case where the atomizing means 18 in micro-heater, since the particles of the heated and atomized since the flavor generating medium is to flow into the mouth, can be diffused efficiently flavor components in the mouth, feeling as if he or she was inhaling smoke of tobacco is obtained.
霧化手段18を超音波振動発生装置によって構成した場合には、振動されて霧状となった香味生成媒体の粒子が口内に流入することになるので、口内に効率良く香味成分を拡散させることができ、タバコの煙を吸い込んだときのような感覚が得られる。 The atomizing means 18 when configured by the ultrasonic vibration generator, since the particles of the vibration has been atomized since the flavor generating medium is to flow into the mouth, to diffuse efficiently flavor components in the mouth can be, the feeling can be obtained, such as when inhaled the smoke of tobacco.
【0063】 [0063]
同様に、ケーシング2の咥え部7を口に咥えて息を吸い込んだときに、第2吐出手段17のノズル16から吐出された香味生成媒体の液滴は、対応する霧化手段18によって霧化され、これにより、空間10内にタバコの煙(副流煙)に似た擬似的な煙が発生し、これが取り込み・放出口11から外部に流出し、このタバコの副流煙もどきの煙が周囲に拡散される。 Fog Similarly, when breathed breath example mouth and jaw portion 7 of the casing 2 in the mouth, the droplets of the flavor generating medium ejected from the nozzles 16 of the second discharge means 17, by the corresponding atomizing means 18 ized, whereby cigarette smoke pseudo smoke similar to (sidestream smoke) is generated in the space 10, which flows out to the outside from the capture and outlet 11, smoke sidestream smoke mock of tobacco There are spread around. この場合、第2吐出手段17から吐出された香味生成媒体の液滴が霧化手段18によって霧状になるので、タバコの副流煙に非常に近似した擬似的な煙を発生することができる。 In this case, since the droplets of the flavor generating medium ejected from the second ejecting means 17 is atomized by the atomizing means 18 can generate a pseudo smoke very close to the sidestream smoke cigarette .
【0064】 [0064]
また、この電子タバコ1によれば、前述した第1実施形態と同様の効果も得られる。 Further, according to the electronic cigarette 1, the same effects as in the first embodiment described above can be obtained.
以上、本発明を、図示の実施形態に基づいて説明したが、本発明はこれに限定されるものではなく、各部の構成は、同様の機能を有する任意の構成のものに置換することができる。 While the invention has been described with reference to the illustrated embodiments, the present invention is not limited thereto, each part of the configuration can be replaced with any configuration having a similar function . また、本発明に、他の任意の構成物が付加されていてもよい。 Further, the present invention may be added other arbitrary structures.
【図面の簡単な説明】 BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
【図1】本発明による電子タバコの第1実施形態の平面図。 Plan view of a first embodiment of the electronic cigarette according to the invention; FIG.
【図2】図1の断面図。 FIG. 2 is a cross-sectional view of FIG. 1.
【図3】図2の部分拡大図。 FIG. 3 is a partially enlarged view of FIG. 2.
【図4】吐出手段の構成例を示す断面図。 4 is a cross-sectional view showing a configuration example of a discharge means.
【図5】第1実施形態の電子タバコのブロック図。 FIG. 5 is a block diagram of the electronic cigarette in the first embodiment.
【図6】第2実施形態の電子タバコの部分拡大図。 Figure 6 is a partial enlarged view of the electronic cigarette in the second embodiment.
【図7】第2実施形態の電子タバコのブロック図。 FIG. 7 is a block diagram of the electronic cigarette in the second embodiment.
【符号の説明】 DESCRIPTION OF SYMBOLS
1……電子タバコ 2……ケーシング 3……流路 4……吸引口 5……テーパ面 6……取り込み口 7……咥え部 8……カートリッジ室 9……検出兼電源スイッチ 10……空間 11……取り込み・放出口 12……凹部 13……拡散レンズ 14……第1吐出手段 15……吐出ヘッド 16……ノズル 17……第2吐出手段 18……霧化手段 19……風量センサ 20……加熱手段 21……カートリッジ 22……第1室 221……被穿刺部 23……第2室 231……被穿刺部 26……電源 27……制御手段 28……CPU 29……吐出ヘッド駆動回路 30……霧化手段駆動回路 31……煙発生手段 32……発光手段 33……第1供給管 331……鋭利な端部 34……第2供給管 341……鋭利な端部 41……ノズルプレート 42… 1 ...... Electronic Cigarette 2 ...... casing 3 ...... passage 4 ...... suction port 5 ...... tapered surface 6 ...... intake port 7 ...... suck portion 8 ...... cartridge chamber 9 ...... detection and power switch 10 ...... space 11 ...... capture and discharge openings 12 ...... recess 13 ...... diffusion lens 14 ...... first ejection means 15 ...... ejection head 16 ...... nozzles 17 ...... second discharge means 18 ...... atomizing means 19 ...... airflow sensor 20 ...... heating means 21 ...... cartridge 22 ...... first chamber 221 ...... be punctured portion 23 ...... second chamber 231 ...... be punctured portion 26 ...... power 27 ...... controller 28 ...... CPU 29 ...... ejection head driver circuit 30 ...... atomizing means driving circuit 31 ...... smoke generating means 32 ...... emitting unit 33 ...... first supply pipe 331 ...... sharp end 34 ...... second supply pipe 341 ...... sharp edge part 41 ...... nozzle plate 42 ... …シリコン基板 43……ガラス基板 44……静電式アクチュエータ 45……振動板 46……セグメント電極 47……絶縁層 48……共通電極 49……入力端子 51……キャビティ 52……オリフィス 53……リザーバ 54……空隙 55……取り入れ口 100……タバコ本体 210……カートリッジ本体 ... silicon substrate 43 ...... glass substrate 44 ...... electrostatic actuator 45 ...... diaphragm 46 ...... segment electrode 47 ...... insulating layer 48 ...... common electrode 49 ...... input terminal 51 ...... cavity 52 ...... orifice 53 ... ... reservoir 54 ...... gap 55 ...... inlet 100 ...... tobacco body 210 ...... cartridge body

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  1. 吸引口を有し、全体形状が略棒状をなすケーシングと、 Has a suction port, a casing overall shape forms a substantially rod-shaped,
    前記ケーシング内に設けられ、アクチュエータを駆動して液状の香味生成媒体が充填されたキャビティ内の圧力を変化させることにより前記キャビティに連通するノズルから前記香味生成媒体を液滴として吐出する少なくとも1つの吐出ヘッドを有する吐出手段と、 Provided in the casing, from a nozzle by driving the actuator is flavor generation medium of the liquid communicating with said cavity by changing the pressure in the cavity filled at least one for discharging the flavor generating medium as droplets a discharge means having a discharge head,
    前記ケーシング内に設けられ、前記吐出手段の駆動を制御する制御手段とを備えることを特徴とする電子タバコ。 Provided in the casing, an electronic cigarette, characterized in that a control means for controlling driving of said ejecting means.
  2. 前記ケーシング内に設けられ、前記吐出手段から吐出された香味生成媒体の液滴を霧化させる霧化手段を有する請求項1に記載の電子タバコ。 Wherein provided in the casing, the electronic cigarette according to claim 1 having the atomizing means for atomizing the liquid droplets of the flavor generating medium ejected from said ejecting means.
  3. 前記霧化手段は、前記吐出手段から吐出された香味生成媒体の液滴を加熱して霧化させる加熱手段である請求項2に記載の電子タバコ。 Said atomizing means, electronic cigarette according to claim 2, wherein the heating means for atomizing and heating the droplets of the flavor generating medium ejected from said ejecting means.
  4. 前記霧化手段は、前記吐出手段から吐出された香味生成媒体の液滴を振動させて霧化させる振動手段である請求項2に記載の電子タバコ。 Said atomizing means, electronic cigarette of claim 2 said droplets of the discharged flavor generating medium from the discharge means to vibrate a vibrating means for atomizing.
  5. 前記霧化手段を前記ケーシングに着脱自在とした請求項2ないし4のいずれかに記載の電子タバコ。 Electronic cigarette according to any one of 4 to the atomizing means to claims 2 and detachably mounted to said casing.
  6. 液状の香味生成媒体が収納された収納部を有するカートリッジが着脱自在に装着される装着部を備える請求項1ないし5のいずれかに記載の電子タバコ。 Electronic cigarette according to any one of claims 1 to 5 comprising a mounting portion cartridge having a housing part flavor generation medium liquid is accommodated is detachably attached.
  7. 前記カートリッジに前記吐出手段が設けられている請求項6に記載の電子タバコ。 Electronic cigarette of claim 6, wherein the discharging means to the cartridge is provided.
  8. 前記カートリッジの前記装着部への着脱によって電源をON/OFFさせる電源スイッチを有する請求項7に記載の電子タバコ。 Electronic cigarette of claim 7 having a power switch for turning ON / OFF the power by detachable to the mounting portion of the cartridge.
  9. 前記ケーシング内に電源を設けた請求項1ないし8のいずれかに記載の電子タバコ。 Electronic cigarette according to any one of claims 1 provided with power in the casing 8.
  10. 前記ケーシング内を流通する風量を検出する検出手段を有する請求項1ないし9のいずれかに記載の電子タバコ。 Electronic cigarette according to any one of claims 1 to 9 having a detection means for detecting the amount of air flowing through the said casing.
  11. 前記検出手段の検出結果に基づいて、前記制御手段により前記吐出手段の駆動を制御するように構成した請求項10に記載の電子タバコ。 On the basis of the detection result of the detecting means, electronic cigarette of claim 10 which is configured to control the drive of the discharge means by the control means.
  12. 前記ケーシングの先端部に発光手段を設け、前記検出手段の検出結果に基づいて、前記制御手段により前記発光手段の駆動を制御するように構成した請求項10または11に記載の電子タバコ。 Said light emitting means on the front end portion of the casing is provided, on the basis of the detection result of the detecting means, electronic cigarette of claim 10 or 11 configured to control the driving of the light emitting means by the control means.
  13. 前記ケーシングの先端部から擬似的な煙を発生する煙発生手段を有し、前記検出手段の検出結果に基づいて、前記制御手段により前記煙発生手段の駆動を制御するように構成した請求項10ないし12のいずれかに記載の電子タバコ。 A smoke generating means for generating a pseudo smoke from the tip portion of the casing, on the basis of the detection result of the detection means, according to claim 10 which is configured to control the driving of the smoke generating means by said control means to 12 electronic cigarette according to any one of the.
  14. 前記ケーシング内を流通する空気、または空気と香味成分とを含む混合気を加熱する加熱手段を有する請求項1ないし13のいずれかに記載の電子タバコ。 Electronic cigarette according to any one of claims 1 to 13 having a heating means for heating the mixture containing the air flowing in the casing or air and flavor components.
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