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1. (WO2017134569) PACKAGE FOR SMOKING ARTICLES
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CLAIMS

1. Package for smoking articles, for example cigarettes, comprising:

- a container (2) having two opposite main faces (201 , 210), two end faces (202) and two longitudinal faces (203), and

- at least one inner wrapping (5) arranged within said container (2), to enclose the smoking articles (6),

- wherein said container (2) has a container body (3) having an open side on one of said faces, and a lid (4) articulated to the container body (3) and movable between an open position, for access to said open side of the container body (3), and a closed position of said container body (3),

- wherein said inner wrapping (5) is provided with an opening (7) for extracting the smoking articles (6), said opening (7) being closed by a closing flap (8) operatively connected to said lid (4), so that said closing flap (8) is automatically moved between a closed condition and an open condition as a result of the movement of the lid (4) between its closed position and its open position,

wherein said container body (3) is open on one side corresponding to a first main face (201 ) of the container and said articulated lid (4) has a main wall (401 ) that defines said first main face (201 ) of the container in the closed position of the lid,

said package being characterized in that said closing flap (8) is a portion of a wall of said inner wrapping (5), which is operatively connected, directly or indirectly, to said lid (4), and which is configured to be automatically separated, when the lid (4) is opened, from the remaining wall portion of the inner wrapping (5), along a separation line formed in the inner wrapping (5), in such a way as to define the opening (7) for extracting the smoking articles (6), said portion (8) of the wall of the inner wrapping (5) constituting the closing flap being further configured to automatically reposition, in an essentially complementary manner, within said opening (7) for extracting the smoking articles (6) when the lid is closed, so as to restore a substantial continuity of the inner wrapping (5).

2. Package according to claim 1 , characterized in that said opening (7) for extracting the smoking articles (6) is arranged on a main face (501 ) of the inner wrapping (5), which is covered by the lid (4) when the lid is closed, and/or on one or more faces (503, 502) of the inner wrapping (5) that are adjacent to said main face (501 ) of the inner wrapping (5), which are covered by the lid (4) when the lid is closed.

3. Package according to claim 1 , characterized in that said separation line is defined by a continuous cut formed in the wall of the inner wrapping,

or by a cut interrupted by wall portions constituting frangible bridges, so that the closing flap (8) is separated by tearing from the remaining portion of the said wall of the inner wrapping (5) at the first opening of the lid (4),

or by an incision line formed in the wall of the inner wrapping and penetrating for a part of the wall thickness, in such a way that the closing flap (8) is separated by tearing from the remaining portion of the said wall of the inner wrapping (5) at the first opening of the lid (4).

4. Package according to claim 1 , characterized in that said closing flap (8), which is operatively connected, directly or indirectly, to said lid (4) includes an adhesive portion, or is provided with an adhesive label, configured to engage the outer surface of the inner wrapping (5) in the closed position of the closing flap

(8) .

5. Package according to claim 1 , characterized in that said closing flap (8) has a portion secured to said inner wrapping (5) and a portion connected directly to said lid (4).

6. Package according to claim 1 , characterized in that the closing flap (8) is connected to an auxiliary panel (9), which has a proximal portion (91 ) connected to the inner wrapping (5) and a distal portion (93) connected, for example, by gluing or interlocking engagement, to said lid (4), so that when the lid (4) is moved between its closed position and its open position, it causes a displacement of said closing flap (8) between the open and closed conditions, by means of said auxiliary panel (9).

7. Package according to claim 6, characterized in that the closing flap (8) has a face connected at least partially, for example, by gluing or interlocking engagement, to said auxiliary panel (9).

8. Package according to claim 7, characterized in that the auxiliary panel

(9) connected to said closing flap (8) is articulated to the wrapping (5) along an articulation axis (90) parallel to, and spaced apart from, the articulation axis (40) of the lid, in such a way that said auxiliary panel (9) is elastically arched during the movement of the lid, and draws the lid (4) toward either the closed position or the open portion, depending upon whether the lid is on one side or the other with

respect to a dead-center position, wherein said auxiliary panel (9) assumes a maximum arched configuration.

9. Package according to claim 1 , characterized in that said inner wrapping (5) is formed of a double-layer wrapping sheet material and comprises an outer layer that integrates a portion of the outer flap (80) movable with said lid (4) and an inner layer that integrates one or more inner flap portions (81 ), for extracting the smoking articles.

10. Package according to claim 9, characterized in that said inner flap portions (81 ) correspond to different compartments of the inner wrapping of the package.

11 . Package according to claim 10, characterized in that said different compartments of the inner wrapping of the package are separated by one or more dividing walls.