Altria Client Services Inc.

Mount Jackson, VA, United States

Altria Client Services Inc.

Mount Jackson, VA, United States

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Altria Client Services Inc. | Date: 2017-05-10

An electronic article comprising: - a first section extending in a longitudinal direction, including a liquid supply region, a wick in communication with the liquid supply region, a heater configured to heat the liquid material stored in the liquid supply region, a mouth-end insert including a plurality of outlets, and a first connector piece; and - a second section extending in the longitudinal direction, including a battery configured to electrically connect to the heater, and a second connector piece configured to connect with the first connector piece, having an air inlet extending through a sidewall of the one of the first connector piece and the second connector piece, the air inlet extending in a direction substantially transverse to the longitudinal direction, and another one of the first connector piece and the second connector piece including a slot at an edge thereof.


Patent
Altria Client Services Inc. | Date: 2017-01-18

An apparatus for enrobing a product portion can include a polymer spray head arranged to direct a plurality of polymeric fibers in an upward direction and levitate product portions in a polymer enrobing zone above the polymer spray head. Polymeric fibers produced by the polymer spray head can wrap around the product portions levitated in the polymer enrobing zone to create an enrobed product. Side guide structure(s) and/or air knife(s) can be provided adjacent to the polymer enrobing zone to inhibit levitated product portions from falling out of the polymer enrobing zone and/or to guide levitated product portions along a desired path. Exemplary enrobed products include smokeless tobacco products.


Patent
Altria Client Services Inc. | Date: 2017-01-04

An electronic smoking article includes a liquid aerosol formulation, a heater operable to at least partially volatilize the liquid aerosol formulation and form an aerosol and a tubular filter segment downstream of the heater. The tubular filter segment is operable to selectively filter aerosol particles and vapors from the aerosol.


Patent
Altria Client Services Inc. | Date: 2016-11-15

An electronic vaping device includes a liquid storage portion, an electric heater and electronic circuitry. The liquid storage portion is configured to store liquid vapor-forming substrate. The electric heater includes at least one heating element, the at least one heating element configured to heat the liquid vapor-forming substrate. The electronic circuitry is configured to self-activate the electric heater for a first time interval during a period of inactivity of the electric heater to determine depletion of the liquid vapor-forming substrate based on a relationship between a power applied to the at least one heating element and a resulting temperature change of the at least one heating element.


A rotating drum (100) for use in manufacturing vapor-generating articles may include a drum body. A plurality of grooves (105) may be disposed in an outer face of the drum body, wherein a seat (115) may be tractably-mounted in each one of the plurality of grooves. The seat may include a seat groove that is structured and arranged to receive and hold a rigid casing of a vapor-generating article.


Blank for display packages containing a cartomizer blister pack include a top panel and a bottom panel connected to a back panel, a front panel connected to the bottom panel, a first glue panel connected to the back panel, a second glue panel connected to the back panel front, a first side panel connected to the front panel, a second side panel connected to the front panel, a first bottom side panel connected to the first glue panel, a second bottom side panel connect to the second glue panel, and a plurality of first cut lines separating the first and second bottom side panels from the bottom panel and the first and second side panels.


Patent
Altria Client Services Inc. | Date: 2016-06-28

A method for making a smokeless tobacco article can include combining thermoplastic polymer particles with tobacco particles to form a mixture of particles, compressing the mixture of particles within a pressing apparatus to form the mixture into a predetermined shape, separating the mixture from the pressing apparatus such that it retains the predetermined shape, and heating the mixture outside of the pressing apparatus to at least partially melt at least some of the thermoplastic polymer particles and form a matrix of polymer and tobacco particles.


A method of displaying an electronic vaping device, display packages, blanks for forming a display package for containing an elongated body housing an electronic vaping device, and a method of manufacturing a display package for an electronic vaping device, include establishing a box structure having an inner cavity and a side portion, dividing the side portion into a lower retention portion, an upper retention portion, and a window recess portion, the dividing including establishing a side recess panel at a location along a first side panel of the box structure, establishing a front recess panel along a front panel of the box structure, and establishing the window recess portion by folding the first and front recess panels into the box structure. The front recess panel is attached to the side recess panel, and the front recess panel has a width greater than that of the side recess panel.


Patent
Altria Client Services Inc. | Date: 2017-02-28

Articles of manufacture, products, and packaging methods are provided that include a label with a tear strip. A labeled container includes a base, a lid, and a label sealing the base to the lid. The base includes a bottom wall and a base side wall. The lid includes a top wall and a lid skirt. The lid mates with the base to define an interior space. The label has a front face and a rear face. The label includes an outer web including polymer film, paper, or a combination thereof and an inner web of polymer. A tear strip is defined in the inner web by one or more weakened portion, score lines, or cuts in the inner web. The rear face of the label is adhesively bonded to the base side wall and to the lid skirt to form a seal between the base and the lid. The tear strip is positioned between a portion of the label adhesive bonded to the base side wall and a portion of the label adhesively bonded to the lid skirt. The tear strip can be used to open the container.


Patent
Altria Client Services Inc. | Date: 2017-05-31

A cartomizer (70) of an electronic vaping device (60) includes a heater circuit (81) which is located adjacent an air passage (20) thereof. The heater circuit (81) includes an electrically resistive heater (82) in electrical communication with a secondary coil (84). A wick (28) extends across the air passage (20). The wick (28) is configured to draw pre-vapor formulation from a reservoir (22) toward the heater (82). The heater (82) is configured to heat the pre-vapor formulation to a temperature sufficient to vaporize the pre-vapor formulation and form a vapor. The cartomizer (70) is connectable to a power supply component (72) which includes a power source (1) in electrical communication with a primary coil (83). The power supply component (72) is configured to induce sufficient voltage in the secondary coil (84) of the heater circuit (81) such that the secondary coil (84) is configured to heat the heater (82) and vaporize the pre-vapor formulation when the primary coil (83) is powered by the power source (1).

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