Outside Workers - Pollution Reduces Sperm Count

A man wearing a face mask

With outside workers in cities facing poor air quality, the founders of an anti-pollution mask are raising awareness of a new study saying pollution reduces sperm count by causing inflammation in the brain.

The data has further spurred on the three University friends to educate men in particular on the direct dangers of the invisible threat of air pollution, particularly in large cities.

The study, which was conducted by scientists at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM), suggested 'a specific kind of neuron associated with the sleep cycle was responsible for the reduced sperm count due to air pollution'.


 “When we heard about this new study conducted by researchers at UMSOM, we were frankly shocked at what the data revealed. As three men who have spent years commuting in London and being exposed to pollution from cars, buses and bikes just to get to work each day, the study hit very close to home.”

– Harry Young 

Co-founder, Airhead


Protecting future generations

“Air pollution isn’t taken as seriously as some other issues as you can’t physically see it, which means it’s easy for people to forget about. This study and the hundreds like it, highlights how we cannot keep hoping it will go away. We need to take action now for the future of our children and grandchildren and in the meantime, make sure we take steps to adequately protect ourselves and reduce the risks.”


Masking the problem

The Airhead mask, which was founded before the pandemic to protect wearers from city pollution, is the brainchild of active and outdoor enthusiasts Harry, Alex Smith and Elliot Denvir, who enlisted the help of a team of researchers and scientists from Brunel University. The Airhead mask combines personality with real, research-backed innovation and is capable of blocking PM2.5 particulates from the air, as well as tiny particles down to 0.3 microns in diameter.

Crucially, the Airhead mask features a TPE seal to ensure no air leakage, as well as rear-facing valves to quickly move hot air away from the face. Although designed specifically to protect the wearer from city pollution, the mask also comes with exhalation valve blockers, to make it suitable for use as a Covid face covering in crowded places.



In 2020, Airhead became an award-winning member of the NatWest Entrepreneur Accelerator and won a government-funded competition to help it expand in India. Following this success, the company launched its Kickstarter campaign in April, with its target of £30,000 achieved in just four hours and a total of £315,511 raised overall, emphasising the demand for pollution protection.

The Airhead mask is available in three colour options (blue, grey, and black) and comes with two filters, a carry bag and exhalation valve blockers.

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Picture: Protect your willy - wear a mask.

Article written by Cathryn Ellis
13th December 2021


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