Well this is not good news.
"These chips we're talking about - the Paulson brand - are made of 13 secret materials - closely guarded by their manufacturer but exposed in our lab tests.
Tests we showed to Will Humble - one of Arizona's chief health scientists and the former head of the state's lead poisoning prevention program.
'If you were to take chips like these and spread them out, 1000 of them on the ground, essentially it would be a federal Superfund site. That's how much lead are in these things.'"
I am keeping an eye on this breaking news report. One item in particular seems hard to believe "The highest in our lab tests: A Caesar's Palace chip - made by Paulson. It's 45 percent lead....750-times higher than the standard." I cannot believe that a chip that is 45% lead would be as light as those chips are. Haven't done the math but that seems not correct. I also find it hard to believe that this story is only now breaking since Paulson has been making chips for many decades and I would have assumed that health issues among dealers and cashiers would have surfaced by now if there are truly hazardous levels of lead in the chips.
Nonetheless, for the time being and until I hear more corroboration about this story, please take the simple precautions of not touching around your face while playing and washing hands after play. The future of the chip sets we use will be determined after more information is made available. So far there is very limited news coverage. I'm skeptical but cautious.