RED HOOK — A city public housing program that encourages residents to quit smoking is launching in Red Hook, officials said.
The New York City Housing Authority and the American Lung Association will begin a free seven-week group program May 6 to provide information on how to stop smoking, NYCHA spokeswoman Zedot Negrón said in an email.
The ALA’s Freedom From Smoking program, for adults who are ready to quit smoking, provides information on research regarding nicotine-replacement therapy and other medication, according to the program’s website.
An informational session will be held Tuesday, April 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the Miccio Community Center, at 110 W 9th St. in Red Hook.
Red Hook Houses, Brooklyn’s largest public housing complex, is one of three sites where programs are being launched through a collaboration between NYCHA and the ALA that began last fall.
A pilot program, led by ALA-trained NYCHA residents and staff members, has already begun at the Douglass Houses in Manhattan. There will also be programs at Castle Hill Houses in the Bronx and Ocean Bay Apartments in Far Rockaway, Negrón said.
The program is exclusively for NYCHA residents, but non-residents can attend the information session if space allows, she added.
“NYCHA appreciates and supports the health and well-being of our residents,” Negrón said in an email.
Smoking is prohibited in NYCHA building lobbies, corridors and stairwells.
To register for the program, contact 212-306-3521.