Lung Expert Warns Against Smoking Rooibos
 
Desperate for cigarettes and tobacco, some South African smokers have turned to smoking tea, with mixed results.

It has been illegal to buy and sell cigarettes since the start of the national lockdown, on 27 March.

Professor Keertan Dheda, director of the Centre for Lung Infection and Immunity and head of the division of pulmonology at the University of Cape Town, says he is not aware of research studies that examined the safety of smoking rooibos tea.

“However, smoking tea will result in the inhalation of several substances, including caffeine and particulate matter, which is likely to be harmful in the long run.  Chronic inhalation of particulate matter is often associated with subversion of immune responses and structural lung damage and therefore, as a general rule, I would advise against it."

Studies are required to explore this further and unequivocally demonstrate the dangers of smoking tea leaves.

He says that various other substances (including nicotine products) are often shredded and mixed with tea leaves to gain the effect of nicotine.  One study showed that this could release a number of harmful substances and toxins including formaldehyde.

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SANHA Comments:
Islām forbids intentional harm to the body. While jurists have differed on ruling cigarettes as Makrūh (disliked) or Harām (outright forbidden), its harms are not disputed. Caution in regards smoking teas would also be advised in light of the Professor’s advice. SANHA currently certifies the following teas and coffees for drinking and other wholesome purposes:
 
 

Ahmad Tea – Ras al–Khaimah, UAE

0097-17-205-9400

Annique Health & Beauty – Irene (Milkshake Powder & Rooibos)

012 345 9836

Badsha Spices – Sunderland Ridge (Coffee Creamer)

012-666-8887

Biodelta – Simondium (Herbal Tea)

021-874-2936

Bos Brands – Woodstock (Flavoured Organic Rooibos Tea)

021-465-9989

Cafe – Caps – Montague Gardens (Capsulated Ground Coffees)

021-510-5484

Café Da Pino – Wynberg (Coffee Blends)

011 440 0867

Cape Natural Tea Products – Blackheath (Herbal & other Teas)

021-982-5030

Carmien Tea – Citrusdal (Natural Rooibos Tea)

022-921-8900

Chicory SA – Woodycape, Alexandria (Roasted Chicory)

046-653-0048

Chilla Ice Coffee – Kew (Beverages)

011-440-7640

Compli–Med – Lansdowne (Herbal Teas)

086-010-3266

Doubleshot Coffee & Tea – Wynberg (Tea Concentrates & Iced Teas)

083 380 4127

Eco Products – Louis Trichardt (Organic Baobab Powder)

079 392 6072

Famous Brands Coffee Company – Sunderland Ridge (Ground Coffee & Beans)

011-315 3000

Golkonda – Gabarone, Botswana (Coffee Creamer)

00267-395-7466

Joekels Tea Packers – Pinetown (Tea Packers)

031-709-1409

Jumbo Brands – Olifantsfontein (Coffee)

011-025-2544

My T Chai – Muizenberg (Conventional & Organic Teas)

021-788-9878

Nestlé SA – Babelegi (Non – Dairy Coffee Creamers)

012-719-4000

Nestlé SA – Estcourt (Coffee, Milo etc)

036-342-2200

New Look Packers – Roodepoort (Creamers, Tea & Juice Powders)

011-763-5696

Nuberry Fruits – Milnerton (Barista Range Coffee Blends – ensure product bears SANHA logo))

021-556-8132

Origin Brands – Irene (Nutritional Shake)

086 111 1876

Primo Holdings – Wadeville (Powdered Beverages)

011-383-1000

Red Espresso – Paarl (Ground Rooibos Tea)

021-863-1060

Roastwell Coffees – Killarney Gardens (Coffee Beans, Nuts & Nougat)

086-177-7111

Royal Tea Packers – Mkondeni, PMB (Tea, Creamers & Coffee)

033-397-9264

Shoprite Checkers (Creamers, ensure product bears SANHA logo)

021 980 4547

Slo–Jo Trading – Midrand (Powdered Beverages)

011-608-0607