The ABA has said it is “disturbing that the city is choosing to intrude into the lives of people"

The ABA has said it is “disturbing that the city is choosing to intrude into the lives of people"

The American Beverage Association (ABA) has hit out at the Mayor of Boston's ban on the sale, advertising, and promotion of sugared carbonated soft drinks (CSDs) on city property.

The move, implemented on Thursday (7 April), follows an earlier ban on the sale of fast food and sugary drinks from vending machines in Boston public schools. Mayor Thomas Menino hopes the latest ban will curb rising levels of obesity in the city.

However, the ABA has said it is "disturbing that the city is choosing to intrude into the lives of people by telling them what they can drink or do with regards to safe, non-alcoholic beverages".

To single out one type of product, the ABA said, is "unwarranted and unproductive".

"The people of Boston and the visitors to that great city are more than capable of deciding what to buy without government help," the association added. "People are tired of government getting so involved in their personal lives."

Menino has requested that city departments take steps to phase out the sale, advertising, and promotion of sugared CSDs on city-owned property over the next six months.