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1. (WO2018198093) DISPOSITIF DE DISTRIBUTION D'AÉROSOL COMPRENANT UN ÉLÉMENT MÈCHE EN CÉRAMIQUE
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CLAIMS:

1. An aerosol delivery device comprising:

a housing formed at least in part by an outer wall;

a flow tube positioned interior to the outer wall of the housing;

an annular space defined between the outer wall of the housing and the flow tube;

an airflow path through the device between a connector end of the housing and a mouthend of the housing, the airflow path passing at least partially through the flow tube;

an atomizer formed of a heater combined with a ceramic wick, the ceramic wick being in a sealing engagement with the flow tube such that at least a portion of the ceramic wick is in the airflow path and at least a portion of the ceramic wick is in fluid communication with the annular space defined between the outer wall of the housing and the flow tube; and

a sealing member positioned between the ceramic wick and the flow tube and configured to form the sealing engagement.

2. The device of claim 1, wherein the flow tube includes at least one vent configured in a wall thereof, the at least one vent being adapted to allow air flow therethrough and substantially prevent liquid flow therethrough.

3. The device of claim 2, wherein the at least one vent configured in the wall of the flow tube is positioned proximate the mouthend of the housing.

4. The device of any one of claims 1 to 3, further comprising a mouthpiece engaging the mouthend of the housing and engaging an end of the flow tube.

5. The device of any one of claims 1 to 4, further comprising a connector engaging the connector end of the housing.

6. The device of any one of claims claim 1 to 5, wherein the ceramic wick is substantially solid.

7. The device of claim 6, wherein the heater is a resistance heating wire positioned around an exterior surface of the ceramic wick.

8. The device of claim 6, wherein the ceramic wick has a longitudinal axis that is substantially perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of the housing.

9. The device of claim 6, wherein the ceramic wick extends transversely across the flow tube between a first ceramic wick end and a second ceramic wick end, and wherein the sealing member is in sealing engagement with the ceramic wick proximate the first ceramic wick end and the second ceramic wick end.

10. The device of any one of claims 1 to 9, wherein the ceramic wick has a hollow interior defining a passageway extending between a first end of the ceramic wick and a second end of the ceramic wick.

11. The device of claim 10, wherein the heater is positioned within the passageway defined in the hollow interior of the ceramic wick.

12. The device of claim 10, wherein the second end of the ceramic wick is engaging a free end of the flow tube.

13. The device of claim 12, wherein the first end of the ceramic wick is in connection with a connector engaging the connector end of the housing.

14. The device of claim 13, wherein the sealing member forms the sealing engagement between the free end of the flow tube and the second end of the ceramic wick, and wherein a second sealing member forms a sealing engagement between the first end of the ceramic wick and the connector.

15. An aerosol delivery device comprising:

a housing including an airflow entry and an airflow exit;

a liquid storage container within the housing and formed of a flexible outer wall and having an opening formed therein; and

an atomizer within the housing comprising a ceramic wick including an end engaging the opening formed in the liquid storage container and a substantially central portion engaging a heater, the substantially central portion of the ceramic wick and the heater being in an airflow path between the airflow entry and the airflow exit of the housing.

16. The device of claim 15, wherein the ceramic wick is substantially rod-shaped.

17. The device of claim 15 or claim 16, wherein the ceramic wick has a longitudinal axis, the liquid storage container has a longitudinal axis, and the longitudinal axes of the ceramic wick and liquid storage container are substantially parallel.

18. The device of claim 17, wherein the longitudinal axes of the ceramic wick and liquid storage container are substantially perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of the airflow path between the airflow entry and the airflow exit of the housing.

19. The device of any one of claims 15 to 18, wherein the airflow exit includes a mouthpiece extending outward from the housing.

20. The device of any one of claims 15 to 19, wherein the housing comprises a main body that is substantially aligned with an axis of the airflow path and a projection extending substantially

perpendicularly from the main body, the projection including the liquid storage container.

21. The device of any one of claims 15 to 20, further comprising a power unit that is connectable with the housing, the power unit including a power source.

22. The device of claim 21, wherein the power unit is connectable with the housing such that the housing is external to the power unit when connected.

23. The device of claim 21 , wherein the power unit is connectable with the housing such that the housing is entirely internal to the power unit when connected.

24. The device of claim 21, wherein the power unit includes a mouthpiece.

25. The device of claim 24, wherein the housing is configured for insertion into the power unit such that the airflow exit of the housing is substantially aligned with an aerosol entry into the mouthpiece.

26. The aerosol delivery device of claim 24, wherein the mouthpiece is movable between an open position wherein formed aerosol may pass therethrough and a closed position wherein formed aerosol is substantially prevented from passage therethrough.