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Man Wins Battle to Declare Former Wife’s Home Smoke-Free for Son

July 23, 1993

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) _ A 10-year-old boy’s father won a battle Thursday with the child’s mother to have her house declared smoke-free.

Frank Montufar and his ex-wife, Margaret Navrot, signed a consent order before Superior Court Judge Frances J. Orlando Jr. that provides their son, Alexander Montufar, with a smoke-free environment at home.

The consent order bans smoking in Navrot’s house and in the home of the boy’s maternal grandparents. The agreement further states that Navrot is obliged ″to take all reasonable steps to assure that the minor child is not unduly exposed to environmental tobacco smoke also known as secondhand smoke.″

It was issued a day after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency made sweeping recommendations to protect people, especially children, from secondhand smoke. The federal government in January classified secondhand smoke as a serious cancer threat.

Navrot declined to comment, saying the issue was ″a family thing.″

Her lawyer, Donafaye Zoll, played down the agreement, saying, ″It only embodies what she’s already doing.″

After Montufar and Navrot were divorced in 1989, Navrot got custody of their son, and Montufar was granted visitation rights.

In June, Montufar filed a motion with Family Court in Camden County, asking that the Navrot home be declared smoke-free.

He said he was motivated to act after his son developed two respiratory infections in February and May of this year.

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