Want to quit smoking? Drink green tea!
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A recent study titled `A Revolutionary Approach for the Cessation of Smoking`, published in Science China Life Sciences, a peer-reviewed open-access journal, cites how researchers used custom-developed cigarettes with components of green tea as filters in a bid to treat addiction to smoking.
Phinse Philip, a lecturer in the Community Oncology Division of the Malabar Cancer Centre, 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 anti-stress effects and acts as a relaxing agent. The study conducted in China shows that green tea may be an alternative to quit this addictive habit," Phillip said.
Even though there has been a nationwide ban on smoking in public since 2008, it continues to be rampant in public places in Kerala, including bus stops and cinema halls.
Around 21.9 per cent of Kerala`s population is addicted to smoking and in the process, makes itself vulnerable to a wide variety of diseases such as cancer, heart ailments and osteoporosis.
Thomas Varughese, head of surgical oncology and
reconstructive surgery at Kochi`s Lakeshore Hospital and Research Centre,
said drinking green tea after quitting smoking completely could contribute
to reversing the possibility of lung cancer.