I've seen quite alot on the forum lately from people who have unfortunately lost their quits and aren't sure whether to consider their smoking a 'blip' (pick up from where you left off and just carry on) or a 'relapse' (go back to start - don't collect £200). Maybe 'blip' and relapse' aren't the right words, but I think you know what I'm getting at here
There are varying opinions on this and other forums about what is considered to be a 'blip' and what makes a full blown 'relapse'. There's no definition of a 'blip'. To some it could mean chain smoking a pack of ten on a night out then calling it quits again the next morning, to others it's just one puff.
On some forums, you'll find kind words of support and understanding and if smoke one, two, three, even a pack of cigarettes. On others, you'll find your membership is revoked the very second you admit to taking even a nicotine lozenge!
I don't think there's a right or wrong way of handling a 'blip' - it depends on the person. For me, I'd go back to day one if I took even one drag from a cigarette. But for others, the idea of going back to day one is so demoralising it's almost enough to send them back into smoking full time again! (I wonder if that's a psychological actually - does the idea of 'Day 1' bring back the thoughts and feelings of those first few days of a quit).
Anyway, I digress. My point is that we will all have different thoughts and feelings on the subject and not one of us can say 'I'm right' - no matter how long we've been quit.
We're all here to share our thoughts and feeling and provide support to one another. Sometimes this result in people reading things they don't agree with or consider to be unhelpful or even offensive.
We don't all have to agree (it would be a bit off a dull forum if we did don't you think? :D) but blip, slip or relapse, as long as you're not smoking right now, that's all that matters.