A slip is not necessarily a good reason to change your quit date. At QuitNet we see a slip as a temporary break from being quit, whereas a relapse is a return to old smoking patterns. We don’t believe that someone who slips is a smoker again. We also feel that your odds of success are better if you treat the slip as an isolated incident and learn from it, rather than seeing it as something that sets you all the way back to the beginning.
We support everyone’s quit, no matter how they choose to go about it. If you’ve slipped and want to change your quit date, you can do that. But if you want to leave it alone, that’s OK too.
Medical Review: Nathan Cobb, MD, September 12, 2017