A few months back, I wrote a posting on how tea can help protect the lungs of smokers.   While accurate, the blog left a bad taste in my mouth.

kick the habit for good!Smoking, after all, has been linked to many life threatening diseases including heart disease, cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and in a way the article condones the use of cigarettes, albeit very indirectly.

However, a new tea-related article brings a bit of redemption to my mind: a group of researchers have developed a cigarette filter, made with tea, to help treat cigarette addiction.

The scientists at the Chinese Academy of Sciences believe that they have successfully identified theanine as the active ingredient in the tea filter that inhibits nicotine. addiction.

After using the tea-filtered cigarettes, participants’ average daily cigarette consumption decreased by about 43 per cent and 56.5 per cent after using the tea filters for 1 and 2 months, respectively.  On top of that, the average number of cigarettes consumed by the participants decreased from about 24.5 per day to only about 3 per day at the end of 3 months of treatment!

Great news for healthier lungs – chalk another one up to tea!