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1. (WO2018050613) SECTION DE RÉCIPIENT
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CLAIMS

1. A receptacle section for an aerosol provision article, the aerosol provision article for generating a flow of aerosol in use, the receptacle section arranged for receiving therein an activatable element for modifying, once activated, a property of said flow of aerosol, the receptacle section comprising at least one activating element operable to apply, after an installation of said activatable element in the receptacle section by a user, a force to said activatable element to activate said activatable element installed in the receptacle section in use.

2. The receptacle section according to claim 1, wherein the at least one breaking element is moveable between a first position and a different, second position for activating said activatable element installed in the receptacle section in use, and movement of the at least one breaking element from the first position to the second position causes said force to be applied to activate said activatable favour element installed in the receptacle section in use.

3. The receptacle section according to claim 2, wherein the first position is for allowing installation of said activatable element in the receptacle section by a user.

4. The receptacle section according to claim 2 or claim 3, wherein the movement comprises movement of the at least one activating element along an axis substantially perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of the receptacle section.

5. The receptacle section according to claim 4, wherein the receptacle section defines a channel for having said activatable element installed therein, wherein the at least one activating element is slidably mounted through a side wall of the receptacle section and is operable by a user to slide between the first position and the second portion, wherein in the second position the at least one activating element extends into the channel thereby to apply said force to activate said activatable element received in the channel in use.

6. The receptacle section according to claim 5, wherein the receptacle section comprises at least one reshaping element extending along at least a portion of the channel, wherein the reshaping element is moveable in a direction substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the receptacle section and biased towards the channel, thereby allowing reshaping of said activatable element received in the channel after a deformation due to said activation of said activatable element in use.

7. The receptacle section according to claim 6, wherein the at least one reshaping element is oriented at or near a right angle about the longitudinal axis of the receptacle section with respect to one of the at least one activating element.

8. The receptacle section according to claim 6 or claim 7, wherein the receptacle section comprises at least two said activating elements, and at least two said reshaping elements, wherein a first said activating element is located on an opposite side of the channel to a second said activating element, and wherein a first said reshaping element is located on an opposite side of the channel to a second said reshaping element.

9. The receptacle section according to claim 4, wherein the receptacle section defines a channel for having said activatable element installed therein, wherein the at least one activating element comprises a resilient member extending along at least a portion of the channel, and wherein the resilient member is operable to bend between the first position and the second position, wherein in the second position at least a portion of the resilient member protrudes into the channel, thereby to apply said force to activate said activatable element received in the channel in use.

10. The receptacle section according to claim 9, wherein an end of the at least one resilient member is free to move relative to the receptacle section.

11. The receptacle section according to claim 9 or claim 10, wherein the resilient member comprises an inwardly protruding portion protruding from the resilient member towards the channel, the inwardly protruding portion being for contacting said activatable element received in the channel in use, thereby to apply said force to activate said activatable element received in the channel in use.

12. The receptacle section according to any one of claim 9 to claim 11, wherein the resilient member comprises an outwardly protruding portion, the outwardly protruding portion protruding out from the resilient member away from the channel, and being for contacting an operation element of the receptacle section.

13. The receptacle section according to claim 12, wherein the receptacle section comprises a housing in which the at least one resilient member and said activatable element is housed, wherein the operation element is slidably mounted to the housing thereby allowing sliding movement of the operation element relative to the housing substantially parallel to a longitudinal axis of the receptacle section, the operation element being operable by a user to slide between a first operation element position in which the operation element is positioned relatively away from the outwardly protruding portion of the resilient member, and a second operation element position in which the operation element is positioned relatively towards the outwardly protruding portion of the resilient member, wherein sliding of the operation element from the first operation element position to the second operation element position causes bending of the resilient member from the first position to the second position, thereby applying said force to activate said activatable element received in the channel in use.

14. The receptacle section according to claim 13, wherein the operation element comprises an inwardly protruding portion protruding out of the operation element towards the resilient member, wherein when the operation element is in the second operation element position, the inwardly protruding portion of the operation element is longitudinally aligned with the outwardly protruding portion of the resilient member.

15. The receptacle section according to any one of claim 9 to claim 11, wherein the receptacle section comprises a housing in which the at least one resilient member is housed and said activatable element is housable, wherein the receptacle section comprises an operation element, the operation element being rotatably mounted to the

housing thereby allowing rotation of the operation element relative to the housing about the longitudinal axis of the receptacle section, the operation element defining a first inner radial dimension and a second, smaller inner radial dimension, the operation element being operable by a user to rotate between a first operation element orientation in which the first inner radial dimension is rotationally aligned with the resilient member, and a second operation element orientation in which the second inner radial dimension is rotationally aligned with the resilient member, wherein rotation of the operation element from the first operation element orientation to the second operation element orientation causes said bending of the resilient member from the first position to the second position, thereby applying said force to activate said activatable element received in the channel in use.

16. The receptacle section according to claim 15 , wherein the inner radial dimen sion of the operation element varies gradually from the first inner radial dimension to the second inner radial dimension.

17. The receptacle section according to any one of claim 9 to claim 11, wherein the receptacle section comprises a resilient outer portion, wherein the resilient outer portion is connected to the resilient member to bias the resilient member to the first position.

18. The receptacle section according to any one of claim 9 to claim 17, wherein the receptacle section comprises at least two said resilient members, a first said resilient member being located on an opposite side of the channel to a second said resilient member.

19. The receptacle section according to any preceding claim, wherein the activatable element is installed in the receptacle section.

20. The receptacle section according to claim 19, wherein the activatable element comprises a substance for modifying said property of the aerosol, and said force causes the substance to be exposed, thereby to modify said property of said flow of aerosol.

21. The receptacle section according to claim 20, wherein the activatable element comprises a breakable capsule in which the substance is contained, and said force breaks the capsule thereby to expose the substance.

22. The receptacle section according to claim 21, wherein the breakable capsule is held in a carrier material, wherein the substance is a liquid and/or gel, and said force breaks the breakable capsule to release the liquid and/or gel into the carrier material.

23. The receptacle section according to any one of claim 1 to claim 22, wherein said property is one or more of an organoleptic property of the aerosol, a flavour of the aerosol, and the pH of the aerosol.

24. The receptacle section according to any one of claim 1 to claim 23, wherein the receptacle section comprises a connecting portion for releasably connecting the receptacle section to said aerosol provision article.

25. A mouthpiece for an aerosol provision article, said aerosol provision article being for generating a flow of aerosol in use, the mouthpiece comprising the receptacle section of any one of claim 1 to claim 24.

26. An aerosol provision article for generating a flow of aerosol in use, the aerosol provision article comprising the receptacle section of any one of claims 1 to 24, and/or the mouthpiece of claim 25.

27. The aerosol provision article according to claim 26, comprising:

a container for holding a liquid or a material;

a heater for volatilising liquid held in the container to generate said flow of aerosol in use or for heating but not combusting the material to generate said flow of aerosol in use.