According to a study, smokers and drinkers should avoid hot tea because it can increase the risk of esophageal cancer. The cancer, which starts in the esophagus, was already known to be linked to drinking alcohol and smoking, but those risks are heightened by the addition of daily cups of hot tea.
Lv Jun, of Peking University Health Science Centre in China, who co-authored the study, told The Telegraph:
“Boiling hot tea will harm the cells in the oesophagus. “If the person also drinks alcohol and smokes, then the harm caused will be more heightened.”
The whole research was carried out for nine years and 1,731 people developed esophageal tumours.
Rates of the disease are relatively high in China. People in Russia, Turkey and South America enjoy their tea very hot, with many regularly drinking it at temperatures above 149 degrees Fahrenheit.
Actually, hot liquids and food can cause “thermal injury” which can increase the risk factors associated with cancer.