Drink green tea to get over the nicotine urge, say Chinese researchers. A recent study titled

A Revolutionary Approach for the Cessation of Smoking cites how researchers used customdeveloped cigarettes with components of green tea as filters in a bid to treat addiction to smoking. Phinse Philip, a lecturer at the Malabar Cancer Centre, Kerala, said pharmacotherapy such as nicotine replacement therapy had generally been found effective in getting smokers to give up the habit. 

“A majority of users smoke as it purportedly gives them some form of relaxation. The oral intake of the amino acid L-Theanine, uniquely found in green tea, is known to have antistress effects and acts as a relaxing agent. The study conducted in China shows that green tea may be an alternative to quit this habit,” he said. 

Thomas Varughese, head of surgical oncology and reconstructive surgery at a Kochi hospital, said drinking green tea after quitting smoking completely could contribute to reversing the possibility of lung cancer. “Green tea, which is rich in antioxidants, can help in restoring the oxidant/antioxidant imbalance among those who have quit tobacco-use completely,” Varughese said. 

He also pointed out that smokers typically have low levels of vital nutrients like vitamins C and E, Zinc, Calcium, Folate and the Omega-3 essential fatty acid which are vital for the human body’s immune system. “Consumption of green tea can boost the body’s immune system by fighting free radicals and can reduce the risk from damage caused by toxins in cigarette smoke,” Varughese added.