According to The Economic Times on an article discussing Finnish research on 26,000 male smokers, drinking 2-4 cups of coffee or tea reduced the incident of any type of stroke by 21 percent. That is good news for males but I have read elsewhere that it has not much effect on women smokers.
This study was conducted over a period of 13 years. They studied the link between mens beverage consumption and occurrence of different types of stroke. Age and other factors were taken into account as well.
Because tea is known to be rich in antioxidants this will further enforce the relationship of drinking tea reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease.